IJOHNS  Vol.1 No.3 , November 2012
Review: Current Trends in the Diagnosis and Management of Globus Pharyngeus
ABSTRACT
Aim: To review recent literature on the diagnosis and management options for globus pharyngeus. Recent Findings: Strong evidence for the cause of globus pharyngeus is lacking however there is some research to suggest a possible link between laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) and globus pharyngeus. Radiological investigations used to find the cause of globus pharyngeus are often normal with little evidence to support their routine use. There are no long term controlled studies investigating the effectiveness of proton pump inhibitors (PPI’s) for the treatment of globus pharyngeus however, these are commonly used. A recent nonplacebo-controlled study has shown promising results using liquid alginate suspension to treat laryngopharyngeal reflux symptoms. Other treatment modalities used, such as speech and language therapy, have shown some improvement in symptoms but these are often small trials. Summary: Globus pharyngeus is a clinical diagnosis. Investigations should be reserved for those with atypical symptoms. Thorough clinical evaluation and examination, including fibreoptic laryngoscopy, are key points in management.

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nullS. Mitchell, O. Olaleye and M. Weller, "Review: Current Trends in the Diagnosis and Management of Globus Pharyngeus," International Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery, Vol. 1 No. 3, 2012, pp. 57-62. doi: 10.4236/ijohns.2012.13013.
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