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Silent Acid Reflux

Posted by Rachel Jones on Feb 20, 2014 9:44:00 AM

Silent acid reflux, also known as Laryngopharngeal Reflux or LPR, is a condition that you could be suffering from without even knowing it, and can have many negative impacts on health. Similar in many ways to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (better known as GERD), there are a few critical differences that can make silent reflux very difficult to treat, and even harder to diagnose. 

As opposed to traditional GERD, silent acid reflux may not present itself with symptoms normally associated with the condition. Normally reflux disease causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat, as well as the stomach. LPR is called silent reflux because often it does not cause these same problems, but can cause a number of other symptoms--including, but not limited to:

  • Chronic couging or hoarseness 
  • Asthma or breathing problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Constant need to clear the throat
  • Excess mucus build up

Caused by a weakness in the muscles between the esophagus and the stomach, silent reflux can have many negative long and short term implications such as recurring ear infections, ulcers in the stomach and throat, scarring of the throat and voice box, in addition to very serious conditions like emphysema and cancer. 

It takes a very skilled Gastroenterologist to diagnose silent acid reflux--if you suspect you may have the condition, it is important to consult a Physician immediately.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

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"Anti-Reflux Drugs, Antibiotics May Raise C. diff Risk" - Anthony A. Starpoli, M.D. on WebMD

Posted by Rachel Jones on Dec 7, 2011 2:36:00 PM

Dr. Starpoli recently lent his expertise to WebMD on the subject of PPI drugs. Read on:

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New App Helps Patients with Colonoscopy Preparation

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Jan 30, 2011 10:38:00 AM

I came upon this post on the endonurse.com web site.  For those who will be having colon cancer screening with colonoscopy, this application may be of value.  If the colon is not cleaned well, the risk of poor visualization is high and, therefore,abnormalities such as polyps or cancerous growth can be missed.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

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12th Annual GERD Awareness Week – November 21-27

Posted by Rachel Jones on Nov 10, 2010 4:15:00 PM

GERD Awareness Week is coming up November 21-27, 2010.

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Anthony A. Starpoli, MD | www.starpoli.com

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