Effect of gastroesophageal reflux on esophageal speech

John G. Mathis, Glen A. Lehman, James C. Shanks, Eric D. Blom, Rocco L. Brunelle

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Gastroesophageal reflux has been incriminated as a factor-inhibiting acquisition of esophageal speech after laryngectomy. Fourteen proficient esophageal speakers and 10 nonproficient speakers underwent esophageal manometry, esophageal pH probe testing, and Bernstein acid perfusion testing. Additionally, 175 laryngectomized members of Lost Chord Clubs answered mailed questionnaires about the frequency of reflux symptoms. Nonproficient and proficient esophageal speakers had a similar frequency of gastro-esophageal reflux by pH probe testing, esophageal mucosal acid sensitivity by Bernstein testing, lower esophageal sphincter pressures, and gastroesophageal reflux symptoms. Gastroesophageal reflux does not appear to be a major factor in preventing esophageal speech.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-507
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology

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