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International Journal of Otolaryngology
Volume 2012, Article ID 291472, 4 pages
Review Article

Impact of Laparoscopic Fundoplication for the Treatment of Laryngopharyngeal Reflux: Review of the Literature

1Gastrointestinal Surgery Department, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Ramiro Barcelos Street 2350, 90035-903 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
2Biochemstry Department, ICBS, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Ramiro Barcelos Street 2600 anexo, 90035-000 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
3Surgery Department, Medicine School, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Ramiro Barcelos Street 2400, 90035-003 Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

Received 1 September 2011; Accepted 9 November 2011

Academic Editor: Petros D. Karkos

Copyright © 2012 Guilherme da Silva Mazzini and Richard Ricachenevsky Gurski. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is part of the so-called extraesophageal manifestations of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is presented by unspecific symptoms and signs and is believed to be caused by the reflux of gastric content to the proximal esophagus and larynx. However, evidence considering the role of the antireflux surgery for LPR has failed to demonstrate results comparable to those for GERD. The aim of this paper is to review the current literature regarding the impact of laparoscopic fundoplication for the treatment of LPR.