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Extraesophageal Reflux and Upper Aerodigestive Tract Diseases

Jecker P.a · Orloff L.A.b · Mann W.J.a

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aDepartment of Otolaryngology, Mainz Medical School, Mainz, Germany; bDivision of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, San Diego, Calif., USA

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Peter Jecker, MD, PhD

Department of Otolaryngology

Mainz Medical School, Langenbeckstrasse 1

DE–55101 Mainz (Germany)

Tel. +49 6131 17 7361, Fax +49 6131 17 6637, E-Mail jecker@hno.klinik.uni-mainz.de

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ORL 2005;67:185–191

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Reflux disease can cause multiple disorders not only of the esophagus but also of the upper aerodigestive tract. In the last decade, an association between reflux disease and multiple head and neck diseases was described, including those of the larynx and pharynx as well as those of the nose, the sinuses and the middle ear. The present article summarizes these different diseases and possible pathomechanisms are explained. In particular, there is a need to differentiate between the classical gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and the extraesophageal manifestation of the reflux disease, called extraesophageal reflux (EER). Both diseases are characterized by different symptoms and can cause different disorders. To differentiate between GERD and EER, double-probe pH monitoring is mandatory. At last, some aspects of reflux therapy are explained.

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Received: May 21, 2004
Accepted: June 17, 2004
Published online: November 18, 2005
Issue release date: November 2005

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 1

ISSN: 0301-1569 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0275 (Online)

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