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Reflux Finding Score (RFS) of Belafsky et al for Grading Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease

Purpose:

To grade the severity of findings on laryngoscopy in a patient with laryngopharyngeal reflux of gastric contents.

Specialty:

Pulmonology & Critical Care
Neurology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology

Objective:

clinical diagnosis, including family history for genetics, criteria for diagnosis, severity, prognosis, stage

ICD-10:

J06

Description:

Patients with reflux disease may have gastric acid enter the upper airway (laryngopharyngeal reflux disease), with chronic cough and other symptoms. Belafsky et al developed the Reflux Finding Score (RFS) to grade the severity of changes seen during laryngoscopy. The authors are from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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