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Lump in the throat (globus sensation)

Globus sensation is the feeling you have a lump in the throat, even though there is no lump there. It is also called globus pharyngeus. It is different from dysphagia (swallowing difficulties). If you have difficulty swallowing you need to see your doctor straight away.

Globus sensation does not usually affect eating and drinking. If you also have a sore throat or a hoarse voice, or if you are losing weight, it is very important to see your doctor quickly.

You should see your doctor promptly if you feel like there is a lump in your throat so they can check. Your doctor may get you to try some medication for a few weeks or refer you to an ORL ) specialist (also called an otolaryngologist) for tests to find out what is causing the feeling. ORL specialists are also known as ENT – or ear, nose, and throat – specialists.

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Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Page created January 2015.

See also:

Hoarse voice

Sore throats and tonsillitis

Swallowing difficulties


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