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Globus is the sensation of a lump or tightness in the throat, which is not due to an underlying structural problem. It often occurs between meals and is frequently associated with a desire to clear the throat or swallow repetitively. Whilst it has historically been regarded as a functional disorder (one without a clear medical cause) it is clear that many people who experience this sensation have underlying factors such as laryngo-pharyngeal reflux, oesophageal dysmotility, recent pharyngeal infection, or a gastric inlet patch.

In patients who develop unilateral (one sided) symptoms, associated dysphagia voice changes, swellings in the neck or weight loss further investigation is often indicated.

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