As many as 18 to 28 % of people in North American have silent reflux. The less commonly known form of GERD is silent reflux. It affect millions of people but many don’t know because they do not have the traditional symptoms of GERD. Silent reflux or (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux or LPR) is reflux without the burning or symptoms in the GI tract.
What is Gastro-espohageal reflux disorder or (GERD)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus). This backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus.
What is Silent Reflux or Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)?
GERD is when the sphincter of the GI tract is loosened and the acid in the stomach can enter into the esophagus. Typical this causes a tell tale burning sensation. The difference between silent reflux and traditional GERD is that the person is often unaware they have silent reflux.
How is silent reflux different from GERD?
Other than the absence of the burning sensation, silent GERD is when both sphincters in the esophagus do not work properly so the acid from the stomach can enter the esophagus and also the throat. It can effect the ears, nose, throat, vocal cords, sinuses and mouth. It cause for concern because it can cause damage without someone being aware.