The Laryngeal Epithelium in Reflux The epithelium plays a critical role in the maintenance of laryngeal health. This is evident in that laryngeal disease may result when the integrity of the epithelium is compromised by insults such as laryngopharyngeal reflux. In this article, we will review the structure and function of the laryngeal epithelium and ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2011
The Laryngeal Epithelium in Reflux
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Elizabeth Erickson-Levendoski
    Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Mahalakshmi Sivasankar
    Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
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Article   |   November 01, 2011
The Laryngeal Epithelium in Reflux
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2011, Vol. 21, 112-117. doi:10.1044/vvd21.3.112
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2011, Vol. 21, 112-117. doi:10.1044/vvd21.3.112

The epithelium plays a critical role in the maintenance of laryngeal health. This is evident in that laryngeal disease may result when the integrity of the epithelium is compromised by insults such as laryngopharyngeal reflux. In this article, we will review the structure and function of the laryngeal epithelium and summarize the impact of laryngopharyngeal reflux on the epithelium. Research investigating the ramifications of reflux on the epithelium has improved our understanding of laryngeal disease associated with laryngopharyngeal reflux. It further highlights the need for continued research on the laryngeal epithelium in health and disease.

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