Vocal Tract Discomfort and Dysphonia in Patients Undergoing Empiric Therapeutic Trial with Proton Pump Inhibitor for Suspected Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

F. Mozzanica, C. Robotti, J. R. Lechien, N. Pizzorni, F. Pirola, A. Mengucci, A. Dell'Era, F. Ottaviani, A. Schindler

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Abstract

Introduction: the aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation among dysphonic and vocal tract discomfort symptoms in patients who underwent empiric therapeutic trial with proton pump inhibitor (PPI) for a suspected laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). Materials and methods: A total of 34 patients with suspected LPR were enrolled in this study. All of them were evaluated using the reflux finding score, the reflux symptom Index (RSI), the vocal tract discomfort scale (VTDS), and the voice symptom scale (VoiSS) before and after the PPI treatment. Results: A significant difference was found between pretreatment and posttreatment reflux finding score, RSI, VTDS, and VoiSS scores. Significant correlations among RSI, VTDS, and VoiSS before the PPI treatment were found. Conclusion: PPI treatment determined a significant improvement of symptoms related to dysphonia and vocal tract discomfort in patients with suspected LPR, in addition, significant correlations among the RSI, VTDS, and VoiSS scores were demonstrated thus suggesting that LPR might influence the response of questionnaires not specifically developed in order to assess the complains in LPR patient.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Voice
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Dysphonia
  • Larynx
  • LPR
  • QOL
  • Reflux
  • Vocal tract

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Speech and Hearing
  • LPN and LVN

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