Medical Dictionary

globus hystericus

noun glo·bus hys·ter·i·cus \ˈglō-bəs-his-ˈter-i-kəs\
variants: or

globus sensation


globus pharyngeus

\- fə-ˈrin-jē-əs\ play also

globus syndrome



Medical Definition of globus hystericus

  1. :  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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