Anatomy of the throat: globus sensation

Globus sensation, commonly described as the feeling of a “lump in the throat,” is a prevalent condition that, while typically harmless, can cause significant discomfort and anxiety. Here we looks into the various causes, its potential impact on conditions like chronic cough, and effective strategies for diagnosis and management.

What is Globus Sensation?

Globus sensation is the persistent feeling of having a lump, blockage, or tightness in the throat without any actual physical impediment. This sensation does not generally interfere with swallowing, but it can be quite distressing and may fluctuate throughout the day, often worsening in stressful situations and improving when distracted.

Causes of Globus Sensation

Understanding the causes of globus sensation is crucial for effective treatment:

Globus Sensation and Chronic Cough

The link between globus sensation and chronic cough is significant. The irritation or nerve sensitivity that contributes to globus sensation can also trigger a chronic cough – a reflex aimed at clearing what feels like an obstruction in the throat. This can be particularly frustrating as it forms a cycle of irritation that can aggravate the throat and intensify the sensation. Managing this aspect is crucial in treating patients with both globus sensation and chronic cough effectively.

globus sensation: chronic cough

Diagnosing the Cause of Globus Sensation

Proper diagnosis of globus sensation is pivotal and involves several steps:

Management and Treatment

Effective management of globus sensation includes various approaches tailored to the underlying cause:


Though often not indicative of a grave medical condition, globus sensation – the feeling of a lump in the throat – requires understanding and proper management to mitigate its impact on individuals’ quality of life. Recognising the various causes of chronic cough and implementing an effective treatment plan can provide significant relief when it is associated with chronic cough. Individuals experiencing persistent or severe symptoms should seek comprehensive evaluation from a pulmonologists, who may involve colleagues from the multi-disciplinary team, to rule out more serious conditions and receive tailored treatment.


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Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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