“Once you’re convinced that there isn’t a significant pathology that’s causing the sensation, then reassurance is probably one of the best treatments you can offer your patients,” said Dr. Pitman. “For many, that’s what they’re looking for—the globus doesn’t really bother them, but the anxiety that they might have a serious health problem does.”
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Regardless of the treatment path, it’s important to remember that globus itself is a symptom. “So long as you have performed evaluations to the point where you believe that nothing detrimental to the patient’s health is going on, then you can monitor it without treatment,” said Dr. Pitman. “Each patient is different.”
Amy Eckner is a freelance writer based in Calif.