globus hystericus

glo·​bus hys·​ter·​i·​cus | \ ˈglō-bəs-his-ˈter-i-kəs How to pronounce globus hystericus (audio) \
variants: or globus sensation or globus pharyngeus \ -​ fə-​ˈrin-​jē-​əs How to pronounce globus hystericus (audio) \ also globus syndrome or globus

Medical Definition of globus hystericus

: the subjective feeling or sensation of a lump or mass in the throat It's a common but confusing condition originally named globus hystericus, probably because of its potential connection to stress, anxiety and panic.The Gazette (Montreal, Quebec), 6 Jan. 1994 Often, people are told "it's all in your head" even when the feeling is in their throat. That has been true for a long time for many people who have a "lump in their throat." This sensation, sometimes with difficult swallowing, is called the globus sensation.— Allen J. Douma, The Chicago Tribune, 28 Aug. 1998 I am guessing that the diagnosis was globus pharyngeus, a rather common condition. It's just as you describe it, a sensation of having a lump in the throat.— Paul G. Donohue, The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News, 5 Oct. 1994 Although globus can occur along with other conditions such as esophageal reflux, the researchers say there's no cause-and-effect relationship. Assurance by the doctor that there's no organic disease helps more than half of the patients.— Melva Weber, Vogue, April 1983

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“Globus hystericus.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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