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Predictive Value of Subjective and Objective Measurement Tools for Extraesophageal Reflux

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01829074
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified April 2013 by Respiratory Technology Corporation.
Recruitment status was:  Enrolling by invitation
First Posted : April 11, 2013
Last Update Posted : April 11, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Respiratory Technology Corporation

Brief Summary:

Acid reflux can cause many symptoms in the throat, including discomfort or pain, and difficulty with breathing and voice problems. Doctors have different ways of diagnosing and treating the reflux that causes these symptoms, and they are trying to better understand what the best ways are to treat the patients with these symptoms.

Usually, a doctor will prescribe medication for reflux based on the symptoms a patient complains of. Sometimes it works and the patient gets better, sometimes it does not work and the patient's condition does not improve. The doctor will also use findings from an examination with an endoscope in the patient's throat to see if there is any damage that might have been caused by reflux. One new device that doctors use to help them diagnose reflux has a sensor on the end of a tube that goes through the nose and rests in the throat. This sensor measures the acid reflux for 24 hours, showing the doctor when acid reflux occurs.

The study doctors are performing this research study to help them understand more about acid reflux disease, and the best ways to diagnose and treat their patients who have acid reflux.

The study involves procedures, medications and devices that are already used regularly in doctors' offices and hospitals. The experimental part of this research is blinding the study doctor to the results of the pH study until the end of a three month course of antireflux medication, and performing a second pH study to measure change in acid exposure.

Hypothesis: The Restech pH study helps identify patients who will respond positively to acid inhibitory therapy, and patients whose study normalizes will have better Symptomatic response rates than those whose pH levels fail to normalize.

Condition or disease
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

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Study Type : Observational
Estimated Enrollment : 150 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Study Start Date : April 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date : October 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2013

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MedlinePlus related topics: GERD

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Symptomatic Improvement (treatment result) in the group of patients who are "LPR negative" (normal pH study) at baseline versus the symptomatic improvement of the patients who are "LPR positive" (abnormal pH study) at baseline. [ Time Frame: 12/2013 (up to 8 months) ]

    After their first set of visits, the patients will be followed during their 3 month course of anti-reflux medications (PPIs). After three months, the patients will be asked to repeat the VAS and validated symptoms questionnaires. These will be compared to their baseline scores to measure symptomatic improvement.

    Using the criterion of 50% improvement in symptoms as the cutoff point (dividing factor), the two populations will be divided further into two groups: responders and non-responders.

    The amount of responders in each group will be compared to see if there is a greater proportion of responders in the group of patients who were LPR positive at baseline than in the group who were LPR negative at baseline.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients presenting to the Otolaryngology practices of the co-investigators with certain symptoms consistent with Laryngopharyngeal reflux: hoarseness, globus sensation, and/or recurrent throat clearing for more than 3 months

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Presenting to the ENT clinic for distressing symptoms of hoarseness, laryngitis, and/or recurrent throat clearing for at least 3 months duration. Determined not to be caused by another factor, such as allergies or poor vocal hygiene.
  • Laryngoscopic examination performed on day of enrollment
  • Indications present for a 24 hour oropharyngeal pH study (Restech)
  • Indication to begin a 3 month course of antireflux therapy (Figure 1) based on symptom presentation and widely accepted otolaryngologic findings
  • Willing to return to clinic in 3 months for follow up pH study
  • Willing to participate in weekly phone calls with the study investigator to discuss compliance with medication and lifestyle modifications.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Expected non-compliance with the equipment and/or instructions (according the protocol) given by the investigator.
  • Any subjects with significant medical conditions that, in the investigator's judgment, would compromise the subject's health and safety.
  • Subjects who have undergone previous antireflux surgery
  • Subjects treated for reflux, either with Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI's) or H2RAs in the past 4 weeks
  • Subjects previously treated for reflux, either with antireflux medication or surgery
  • Subjects with alternative work schedules affecting nighttime sleep periods (i.e. nighttime shift employees)
  • Subjects with conditions that contraindicate use of PPIs, as listed on product labeling.
  • Women who are pregnant, or nursing.

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01829074

Sponsors and Collaborators
Respiratory Technology Corporation
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Principal Investigator: Nimish Vakil, MD University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
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Responsible Party: Respiratory Technology Corporation Identifier: NCT01829074    
Other Study ID Numbers: 13RT001
First Posted: April 11, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 11, 2013
Last Verified: April 2013
Keywords provided by Respiratory Technology Corporation:
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
Throat Clearing
Globus Sensation
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Gastroesophageal Reflux
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
Esophageal Motility Disorders
Deglutition Disorders
Esophageal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Laryngeal Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases