Life events and difficulties in relation to the onset of globus pharyngis

J Psychosom Res. 1996 Jun;40(6):603-15. doi: 10.1016/0022-3999(96)00024-4.


Fifty patients with a diagnosis of globus pharyngis and 33 control patients attending the same ENT clinic were interviewed using the (Royal Holloway &) Bedford College Life Events and Difficulties Schedule (LEDS). Information was elicited concerning life events and difficulties over the 12 months before globus onset, and this was compared with the experiences of the control patients for the year before symptom onset or, where appropriate, before the interview. Globus patients had significantly more severe events than the control patients throughout the year. Moreover, globus patients had significantly fewer close confiding relationships with their partners than did controls. There is evidence, therefore, for both psychological diathesis and social stress factors in the etiology of globus pharyngis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Conversion Disorder / diagnosis
  • Conversion Disorder / psychology*
  • Deglutition Disorders / diagnosis
  • Deglutition Disorders / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Life Change Events*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Care Team
  • Personality Assessment
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology*