This condition is caused by backflow of stomach acid into the gullet. Acid can regurgitate into the upper airwary structures such as the voice box and throat. Symptoms of GORD can include heartburn, a feeling of something stuck in the throat, excessive mucous production and voice changes. About 50% of people are not specifically aware of symptoms. GORD affects 15-20 percent of adults.
The diagnosis can be made based on assessment of your symptoms, as well as your examination. During this process, other causes for your symptoms are evaluated. The fiberoptic scope can usually identify changes in the upper airways which are the result of GORD.