Blog / Why Is Lpr So Difficult To Diagnose
LPR or Laryngopharyngeal Reflux is not a clearly defined condition and there is dispute among doctors as to what exactly LPR is and some even doubt its existence. There is no accepted scientific definition and it can be very difficult to diagnose.
Symptoms associated with LPR are however probably just as common as the heartburn/indigestion types and can be severe enough to blight some patients’ lives.
Because so much remains unknown about LPR and the tests required to make the right diagnosis are not generally available, sufferers have often had the symptoms for a long time and very frustrated at their doctor’s inability to treat them successfully.
What are the symptoms of LPR? One of the challenges in diagnosing LPR is that there are a very wide range of symptoms:
Sometimes the diagnosis can be made easily, for instance following an endoscopy. Another challenge in diagnosing LPR is that it may be necessary to perform several tests, tailored to their symptoms, to get a definitive LPR diagnosis.
Some of the possible tests are:
If you think you have LPR and need a definitive diagnosis, please contact us at RefluxUK. We are the experts in the UK at diagnosing and treating LPR.