Gastroesophageal reflux, motility disorders, and psychological profiles in the etiology of globus pharyngis
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AbstractThe aim of this study was to investigate the origin of globus pharyngis with particular reference to esophageal disorders such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), motility disorders, structural abnormalities, other gastrointestinal tract diseases, and psychological profile. Previous studies on this subject using 24-hour pH monitoring give conflicting results and are hampered by the high background prevalence of asymptomatic GERD in the normal Western population. The local Chinese population is known to have a very low background level of GERD and therefore is an ideal study population, Twenty-six patients with globus pharyngis underwent 24-hour ambulatory pH monitoring, esophageal manometry, and esophagogastroduodenoscopy with lower esophageal biopsy. A control group of 20 patients presenting with non-ulcer dyspepsia was similarly investigated. Personality profiles of the globus pharyngis subjects and an appropriate control group were assessed. Eight of the globus pharyngis group (30.7%) had evidence of GERD, whereas only one of the controls (5%) demonstrated GERD on 24-hour esophageal pH monitoring (P < 0.05). The manometric and personality profile studies did not show significant differences between study and control groups. We concluded that the finding of GERD in patients with globus pharyngis is not a coincidental finding but that there is a true association between GERD and globus pharyngis.
All Author(s) ListHill J, Stuart RC, Fung HK, Ng EKW, Cheung FM, Chung SCS, vanHasselt CA
Journal nameLaryngoscope
Volume Number107
Issue Number10
Pages1373 - 1377
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesMedicine, Research & Experimental; MEDICINE, RESEARCH & EXPERIMENTAL; Otorhinolaryngology; OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY; Research & Experimental Medicine

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