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Globus sensation

Kristen M Robson, MD, MBA, FACG
Anthony J Lembo, MD
Section Editor
J Thomas Lamont, MD
Deputy Editor
Shilpa Grover, MD, MPH


Globus sensation (which has also been referred to as globus pharyngeus and globus hystericus) is common in the general population. This topic will review the definition, epidemiology, etiology, clinical manifestations and the evaluation and treatment of patients with globus sensation.


Globus sensation has been defined using the following criteria [1]:

The persistent or intermittent nonpainful sensation of a lump or foreign body in the throat

Occurrence of the sensation between meals

Absence of dysphagia and odynophagia


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