Chronic dysphonia secondary to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD): Diagnosis using simultaneous dual-probe prolonged pH monitoring

Samuel M M Lumpkin, Sandra G. Bishop, Philip O. Katz

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The association of chronic dysphonia with gastroesophageal reflux has been reported in the otalaryngologic literature; unfortunately, these reports are primarily anecdotal. Because of the difficulty in documenting reflux, patients are often left without a definitive diagnosis or therapy. The purpose of this paper is to report on an objective method of documenting gastroesophageal reflux disease by using ambulatory esophageal and hypopharyngeal pH monitoring. 70% of the subjects who underwent simultaneous dual-probe pH monitoring evidenced reflux in the hypopharynx in both an upright and supine position. All of the subjects had erythema of the arytenoid cartilages on indirect examination; so this appears to be of clinical diagnostic significance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-355
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Voice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1989



  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • pH monitoring
  • Reflux laryngitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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