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Is laryngospasm related to GERD?

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Regular exposure to stomach acids can damage and inflame the delicate lining of the esophagus, leading to momentary spasms of the vocal cords, which close the airway.

When stomach acids reach the larynx, the condition is called laryngopharyngeal reflux. The tissues of the larynx are even more delicate and prone to injury than the esophagus.

From: Laryngospasm WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: "Laryngeal and pharyngeal complications of gastroesophageal reflux disease." Maceri, D, Zim, S. , 2001; vol. 111: pp. 1976-1979. Hideto S, Seiji N, Toshiaki Y. , 2002; vol. 14: pp. 25-28. Burgoyne L, Anghelescu D. Pediatric Anesthesia, 2008; vol. 18: pp. 297-302. News release, FDA.




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SOURCES: "Laryngeal and pharyngeal complications of gastroesophageal reflux disease." Maceri, D, Zim, S. , 2001; vol. 111: pp. 1976-1979. Hideto S, Seiji N, Toshiaki Y. , 2002; vol. 14: pp. 25-28. Burgoyne L, Anghelescu D. Pediatric Anesthesia, 2008; vol. 18: pp. 297-302. News release, FDA.




GI Motility Online:LaryngoscopeLarynx Japan

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 7, 2018

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