Globus – Latin for “globe” or “ball” – is the sensation of a lump in the throat, typically felt at the level of the Adam’s apple. It is commonly experienced with intense emotions as well. Globus is equally prevalent in both men and women.

Most people experience globus at some time in their lives. However, no cause has been demonstrated and there are no serious consequences. Additionally, there is no association with other gastrointestinal disorders.

Globus’ apparent relationship to emotion causes some patients to be unnecessarily troubled by the symptom. Those with anxiety, depression or other emotional distress may benefit from treatment for these conditions.