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THE GLOBUS SYNDROME Introduction

Since the time of Hippocrates, the ancient physician, it has been recognised that a common complaint among adults is the sensation of a lump in the throat, tightness of the throat or a feeling of pressure at the front of the throat, often compared to the sensation induced by pressing against the front of the throat below the Adam’s apple. For many years the name of globus hystericus was given to this condition on the supposition that it was entirely of psychological origin. In the last 30 years this has become regarded as inappropriate, and the word globus is used alone, with the simple connotation of a sensation of a lump.