The inability to burp; this so-called retrograde cricopharyngeus dysfunction (R-CPD) is caused by the cricopharyngeal muscle of the throat not relaxing to allow the release of gas outwards. An interview-based study in Neurogastroenterology and Motility, which involved 199 adults affected by the condition, reveals the impact of R-CPD on quality of life.
Most participants reported abdominal bloating, socially embarrassing gurgling noises, excessive flatulence, and difficulty in vomiting. Only half discussed their symptoms with their primary care physician, and 90% felt that they were not adequately helped. Participants also reported embarrassment, anxiety/depression, negative impacts on relationships, and work interruptions due to R-CPD.
R-CPD encompasses more than just the physical challenge of being unable to burp; it also significantly affects the daily lives, relationships, and mental well-being of people,“ said Jason N. Chen, corresponding author and medical student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
„Future efforts should focus on raising awareness of R-CPD, which can help increase detection and treatment rates.“
Chen, JN, et al. (2023) Retrograde Cricopharyngeus Dysfunction: How Does the Inability to Burp Affect Daily Life?. Neurogastroenterology and Motility. doi.org/10.1111/nmo.14721.