Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux and Its Effects on Voice Voice disorders in the pediatric population are common, but have been understudied. Inflammation, trauma, neurologic, and congenital anomalies can all result in childhood dysphonia. Laryngopharyngeal reflux, an extra-esophageal variation of gastroesophageal reflux, has been associated with laryngeal symptoms of dysphonia, globus sensation, throat-clearing, and chronic cough in children. This article ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2009
Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux and Its Effects on Voice
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Shannon M. Theis
    Division of Otolaryngology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, WI
  • Diane G. Heatley, MD
    Division of Otolaryngology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, WI
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   November 01, 2009
Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux and Its Effects on Voice
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2009, Vol. 19, 90-95. doi:10.1044/vvd19.3.90
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2009, Vol. 19, 90-95. doi:10.1044/vvd19.3.90
Abstract

Voice disorders in the pediatric population are common, but have been understudied. Inflammation, trauma, neurologic, and congenital anomalies can all result in childhood dysphonia. Laryngopharyngeal reflux, an extra-esophageal variation of gastroesophageal reflux, has been associated with laryngeal symptoms of dysphonia, globus sensation, throat-clearing, and chronic cough in children. This article reviews the current evaluation and treatment techniques of reflux, and the effects of laryngopharyngeal reflux on voice quality in children. A case study illustrating the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in diagnosing and treating this challenging disorder is presented.

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