Lump in the Throat
Globus is the medical term for a sensation of a lump in the throat where no true lump exists. It is extremely common, can occur at any age and in either sex.
What is globus and what are the usual symptoms?
Symptoms can vary and fluctuate, but are typically centered in the middle and base of the neck.
Patients with globus may complain of the following symptoms:
- Feeling of a lump
- Throat constriction
- Neck tension
- Tightness in the throat
- Voice problems are occasionally present
What factors can trigger or worsens globus?
Like migraine headaches, the triggers of globus are often multifactorial. They include:
- Voice strain
- Post nasal drip
Is there a chance that this could be cancer?
Patients who seek medical attention about this condition are often concerned that their symptoms could be related to a growth or cancer. Our ENT physicians can address your concerns with a thorough evaluation that may include:
- A complete history
- A complete physical exam of the head and neck region
- Laryngoscopy, a flexible camera tube with a light at the tip which is gently passed through the nasal opening and used to look at and evaluate the throat structures
- Imaging/X-rays, when warranted
- Blood work/lab testing, when warranted
Signs and symptoms concerning for a more serious health issue, such as cancer, can include:
- Lodging of food in the throat
- Coughing of blood or blood-tinged saliva
- Sensation of pain off to one side, especially if radiating to the ear
- Progressive worsening of pain, swallowing, breathing or voice quality
- Weight loss
Have additional concerns? Call DeFatta ENT & Allergy at (715) 828-2368 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our throat specialist.