Reflux Finding Score (RFS) a Quantitative Guide for Diagnosis and Treatment of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
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The study was under taken to know the prevalence of reflux signs in an individuals with throat complaints on the basis of reflux finding score (RFS) and quantitatively assess the effect of treatment. A cross-sectional study was done to evaluate the presence of laryngo-pharyngeal reflux signs in patients visiting ENT clinic with throat or voice problems in central India. There were 80 patients included in the study from 2017 to 2018 individuals. They were questioned regarding their symptoms. Their pharyngeal findings on rigid 70° laryngoscopy were viewed and RFS was made. The patients were reviewed at monthly intervals. Laryngopharyngeal reflux changes were seen in 36 of the 80 patients (45%). The reflux was graded as per the reflux finding score. The score ranged from 7 to maximum of 17 out of 26 in the patients with LPRD. Majority of the patients the score decreased with lifestyle changes and pantaprazole twice daily. There was poor response in 5% (4) patients, who were then advised to undergo upper gastro intestinal endoscopy for further assessment. Laryngopharyngeal reflux has become a very common entity in urban lifestyle. On careful examination the signs can be picked and assessed with the RFS, which is a very useful tool to grade and reassess patient on subsequent follow up.
KeywordsLaryngopharyngeal reflux Reflux finding score Lifestyle modification Proton pump inhibitors
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