Acid suppression does not reduce symptoms from vocal cord dysfunction, where gastro-laryngeal reflux is a known trigger

Kerry Woolnough, John Blakey, Nicola Pargeter, Adel Mansur

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Abstract

Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) is characterized by paradoxical inspiratory abduction of the vocal cords. Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a known trigger. We studied 77 patients referred to a tertiary VCD clinic. VCD was diagnosed in 62, of which 83.9% had proven GORD. Following 8 weeks of acid suppression, 24.2% reported improvement in the severity and frequency of VCD attacks. This study suggests that empirical treatment of GORD in VCD marginally improves symptom control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-554
Number of pages2
JournalAsian Pacific Journal of Respirology
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes

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