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01.12.2015 | Research article | Ausgabe 1/2015 Open Access

BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders 1/2015

Laryngopharyngeal reflux disease in the Greek general population, prevalence and risk factors

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BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders > Ausgabe 1/2015
Autoren:
Nikolaos Spantideas, Eirini Drosou, Anastasia Bougea, Dimitrios Assimakopoulos
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Competing interests

The authors declare that there is no competing of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

Authors’ contributions

NS. Conception and design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the manuscript, final approval of the version to be published. ED. Conception and design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the manuscript, final approval of the version to be published. AB. Conception and design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the manuscript, final approval of the version to be published. DA. Conception and design, acquisition of data, analysis and interpretation of data, drafting the manuscript, final approval of the version to be published. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

Background

To assess the prevalence of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) in the Greek general population and its risk factors.

Methods

Questionnaire based epidemiological, adult participants’ survey. The Reflux Symptom Index (RSI) was used for the assessment of LPR prevalence. The RSI questionnaire was completed by 340 (183 male and 157 female) randomly selected subjects. Subjects with RSI score ≥13 were considered as LPR patients and those with RSI score <13 were considered as non LPR subjects.

Results

The prevalence of LPR in the general Greek population was found to be 18.8 % with no statistically significant difference between the two genders (p > 0.05). The age group of 50–64 years showed the higher prevalence rate. Tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption were found to be related with LPR. No reported concomitant disease or medication was found to be related with LPR.

Conclusions

LPR prevalence in the Greek general population was found to be 18.8 %. Tobacco smoking and alcohol consumption were found to be related with LPR.
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