There are two two like structures just beyond the oral cavity. The front one is the windpipe for respiration. It is closed by epiglottis to prevent aspiration. Vocal cord is called glottis. Subglottic stenosis means the windpipe below the vocal cords in narrowed. Epiglottitis is the inflammation of epiglottis.
Behind is the foodpipe. In GERD the acid contents of the stomach refluxes in to the foodpipe causing heartburn. In severe cases the acid content may come even up to the throat and get aspirated in to the windpipe causing inflammed throat and vocal cords.
So severe GERD may cause epiglottitis.
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- Ratnakar Kini M.D.