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Vallecular Cyst - Unusual cause of lump in throat sensation (globus)

last modified on: Tue, 04/09/2024 - 10:12

see also: Lump In Throat (Throat Fullness, Globus Syndrome, Globus Sensation, Globus Hystericus, Globus Pharyngeus)

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October 2011 she noted a sensation of a fullness in her throat, more on the left than the right, which has become constant over the last 3 months and was first identified by her as consistent with a mass that she could palpate with placing her finger in mouth to touch the tongue base on the left. A trial of antireflux therapy for the complaint of lump in the throat failed to show any change. The patient relates she has had a long-term history of reflux and actually does have an elevated reflux symptom index, but does not feel that reflux is the cause of the lump in the throat, but the actual lump (cyst) is the cause.

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Appearance endoscopically at time of surgical resection


Appearance intraoperatively immediately after laser resection

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One month postop with resolution of symptoms