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Dr. Scott Keith
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Lump In Throat (Definition)

This is a general term describing a symptom, not a disease/disorder. The medical description is globus sensation. It can occur by simply crying (temporary), but if persistent, can indicate something more concerning like esophageal reflux, muscle spasm, iron deficiency, ...Read more


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I have lost me sense of taste on Prilosec have lump in throat feeling and still it is not helping much. Is this GERD or something else?

I have lost me sense of taste on Prilosec have lump in throat feeling and still it is not helping much.  Is this GERD or something else?

Globus & GERD: A lump in the back of the throat may be a manifestation of gerd. If you are having persistent symptoms despite maximal treatment with a proton pump inhibitor, you may wish to seek medical assistance. If you are also having typical reflux symptoms, you should see a GI doctor. If your only symptoms is the lump in your throat, you should seen an ENT physician first. Reflux testing may be needed. ...Read more

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Lump in throat for 2 weeks, history of GERD. Also have viral illness. How do u tell the diff btwn viral-related lump feeling & GERD-related? Cancer?

Lump in throat for 2 weeks, history of GERD. Also have viral illness. How do u tell the diff btwn viral-related lump feeling & GERD-related?  Cancer?

Globus sensation?: Do you experience the feeling of a ball or lump in the back of your throat that you have to swallow past? If so, this is "globus." Alternatively, you may have laryngo-esophaeal reflux without heartburn. Sometimes, the actual swallowing mechanism may be impaired due to "spasms," dysmotility, or inflammation. A gastroenterologist or ear-nose-throat specialist is a good starting point for evaluation ...Read more

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Lump in throat, unintentional weight loss, heartburn is it GERD or cancer?

Lump in throat, unintentional weight loss, heartburn is it GERD or cancer?

Consider endoscopy: Upper GI endoscopy is usually ordered with these symptoms to determine exactly what is going on. At your age reflux may be the cause, however, with the lump in the throat symptoms, i would also consider eosinophilic esophagitis as a possibility. Endoscopy with biopsy will allow them to put your mind at ease to rule out cancer, look for reflux changes, and check for precancerous barrett's change. ...Read more

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30y/o female. History of GERD many yrs and increasing esophageal tenderness. Suddenly have dysphagia lump in throat feeling for over a week. Cancer?

30y/o female. History of GERD many yrs and increasing esophageal tenderness. Suddenly have dysphagia lump in throat feeling for over a week. Cancer?

Probably not cancer: Cancer is possible but is very unlikely at your young age of 30. It is more likely that you have developed esophageal irritation and possible a stricture or narrowing of the distal esophagus. You need to see a gastroenterologist or surgeon for an endoscopy to evaluate the dysphagia. You should be on an acid blocker if you are not on one already. Good luck! ...Read more

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If lump in throat feeling went away after a few weeks, does that rule out it being caused by esophageal cancer? History of sternum tenderness & GERD.

If lump in throat feeling went away after a few weeks, does that rule out it being caused by esophageal cancer? History of sternum tenderness & GERD.

See GI physician: The best way to rule out esophageal ca is to have an examination EGD done by a GI physician. You probably don't have cancer. ...Read more

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30y/o, history of GERD + esophagus tender, take Zantac (ranitidine). Now have dysphagia lump in throat feeling 4 a week+. If I go to ER will they test for cancer?

No: The Emergency Room is for emergencies, such as appendicitis, heart attacks, car accidents, etc... A primary care doctor can look for cancer, and can refer to specialists for help (such as a gastroenterologist who specializes in the stomach and esophagus). ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more