Reflux in Children and Its Effects on Assessment and Management of Voice Disorders From a Speech-Language Pathologist's Perspective Voice disorders in the pediatric population are common, but have been understudied. Inflammation, trauma, and neurologic and congenital anomalies all can result in childhood dysphonia. Laryngopharyngeal reflux, an extraesophageal variation of gastroesophageal reflux, has been associated with laryngeal symptoms of dysphonia, globus sensation, throat clearing, and chronic cough in children. ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2011
Reflux in Children and Its Effects on Assessment and Management of Voice Disorders From a Speech-Language Pathologist's Perspective
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  • Shannon M. Theis
    Division of Otolaryngology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   November 01, 2011
Reflux in Children and Its Effects on Assessment and Management of Voice Disorders From a Speech-Language Pathologist's Perspective
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2011, Vol. 21, 106-111. doi:10.1044/vvd21.3.106
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2011, Vol. 21, 106-111. doi:10.1044/vvd21.3.106

Voice disorders in the pediatric population are common, but have been understudied. Inflammation, trauma, and neurologic and congenital anomalies all can result in childhood dysphonia. Laryngopharyngeal reflux, an extraesophageal 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 illustrates the importance of treating laryngeal inflammation to achieve an accurate diagnosis.

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