ERIC Number: ED103933
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Publication Date: 1974
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The Problem of Globus Hystericus.
Horowitz, Esther; Dexter, Erwin B.
Globus hystericus is the sensation of a foreign body lodged somewhere in the throat where none is actually found to exist. Although there is some disagreement, medical specialists generally contend that the condition is triggered by a highly emotional experience. Despite the absence of a physical growth to account for the sensation, the condition is nevertheless serious because it feeds upon fear. In most cases, an explanation by the doctor of the psychological elements involved and the relation of the condition to the traumatic experience which gave rise to it are enough to clear up the symptom. The psychologist and the speech pathologist, as well as the medical specialist, need to be aware of the prevalence of this condition. When the symptom occurs after an emotional shock and in the absence of voice changes or dysphagia, an awareness on the part of the consultant of the globus hystericus syndrome can relieve much of the patient's fear. (TO)
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