What is the Pseudosulcus Vocalis?

(sū-dō-sŭl’kŭs vō-kā’lis), A groove in the mucous membrane at the free edge of the true vocal fold due to subglottic edema.

Can a laryngoscopy detect reflux?

No currently existing tests are 100% specific for diagnosing LPR. The physician may suspect GERD based on the laryngoscopic findings and redness or swelling in the throat. However, some patients who present with redness and swelling are incorrectly diagnosed as having GERD.

What is Pseudosulcus?

Pseudosulcus is infraglottic laryngeal edema that is thought to be secondary to LPR. All patients were evaluated with dual-channel pH probe 24-hour monitoring to evaluate for the presence of laryngopharyngeal reflux.

How do you treat sulcus vocalis?

Treatment of sulcus vocalis needs to achieve anatomical and functional improvements that satisfy the behavior of the larynx and vocal quality. We suggest a combined approach, which includes vocal fold mucosal surgery through a technique called slicing mucosa, followed by intensive vocal rehabilitation.

What are the symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux?

Adults with LPR often complain that the back of their throat has a bitter taste, a sensation of burning, or something stuck. Some patients have hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, throat clearing, and difficulty with the sensation of drainage from the back of the nose (postnasal drip).

Can an ENT treat acid reflux?

ENT specialists can evaluate, diagnose, and treat people experiencing acid reflux–related symptoms. If you experience heartburn more than twice a week, have chest pains after eating, experience frequent nausea, or have trouble swallowing, it’s best to see an ENT specialist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis.

What foods should I avoid with LPR reflux?

Foods that people with laryngopharyngeal reflux should avoid include spicy, fried and fatty foods; citrus fruits; tomatoes; chocolate; peppermint; cheese; and garlic. Foods that contain caffeine, carbonated beverages and alcohol also can worsen symptoms.