At Gastrointestinal & Liver Specialists of Tidewater, we know that patients and families want to know as much as they can about the GI system and disorders that affect their daily lives. Refer to the list below to find the information that is most helpful to you. If you still have questions, please contact us through our website.
What is globus?
It is latin for ball – describing the sensation of a lump in the throat.
What are the causes?
The exact cause is unknown, but it may be related to abnormal esophagus sensitivity, abnormal activity of the esophagus muscles or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Globus sensation can also occur with anxiety, stress or other strong emotions as well as sinus drainage or upper esophagus irritation.
What are the symptoms of globus?
It is similar to a normal reaction of feeling all chocked up with events that trigger anxiety, grief or happiness. Globus sensation typically occurs between meals and is not related to difficulties in swallowing or other serious problems.
How is it diagnosed?
Your doctor will evaluate your symptoms and medical history and may order a test that evaluates your ability to swallow (barium swallow study) and/or a test that evaluates the pressure and movement of your esophagus (manometry). An upper endoscopy (EGD) may also be ordered to view your esophagus directly.
How is it treated?
Treatment options are aimed at coping with the globus sensation. No special medication relieves the disorder, but your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce acid reflux in an effort to see if symptoms will improve. Medications such as antidepressants or antianxiety treatments may also be beneficial. If it is caused by psychological problems such as depression or anxiety, an evaluation with a psychologist or psychiatrist may be recommended.
When to seek medical advice
Contact your health care provider if you have a change in your symptoms, unexplained weight loss, difficult swallowing or painful swallowing.