Heartburn and Hoarseness

May 29th, 2018 by admin in Throat Clinic Comments Off on Heartburn and Hoarseness

Heartburn and HoarsenessThe association between gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn) and alteration in voice is well established. The diagnosis however is difficult.

Some degree of heartburn is universal; that is to say that everyone at some point in time gets heartburn.

How do we then determine if the cause of your hoarseness is related to silent reflux, proximal reflux, pharyngolaryngeal reflux, or any of the other names commonly associated with a bit of gastric content coming up and irritating the back of the throat?

The established sequence of investigating is taking a history, having a look at your voice box with a little flexible telescope, and then doing any one of a number of tests.

An interesting recent development is testing your saliva or spit for an enzyme called pepsin. Pepsin is made in the stomach, the only way it can get to your spit, is if your gastric content comes up to the level of your mouth.

If you are experiencing chronic cough, chronic throat clearing, or prolonged alteration of voice, silent reflux could be the cause, or one of the causes.

We have considerable expertise in the diagnosis and management of the condition, and would be delighted to help you.

Please contact Havas ENT Clinics on 9387 7360 if you and your local doctor think our expertise could help you.