Acid Reflux; What’s the difference between LPR and GERD?

By: Kelly Warf, Au.D.
Alexander Goldin, M.D.

Acid reflux occurs when stomach content backflows up the esophagus. Overtime, the acid from the stomach content can cause tissue damage at the esophagus and/or throat. But did you know there are different types of acid reflux? We will compare LPR and GERD; their characteristics couldn’t be more opposite.

GERD stands for GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease; this is where stomach content effects the esophagus. LPR stands for LaryngoPharyneal Reflux; this is where stomach content effects the throat.


  • GERD – heartburn, regurgitation
  • LPR – hoarseness, frequent throat clearing, chronic cough, difficulty swallowing

Treatment is a balance of medication, dietary modification, behavioral adjustments, and, possible, surgery. A thorough examination by an otolaryngologist can determine what treatments are appropriate.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, call our office today to schedule your appointment, 847-685-1000.

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