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To distinguish between globus pharyngeus and significant throat pathology.
Symptoms suggesting benign globus pharyngeus:
On physical examination does the patient have:
If the patient has any of the following refer as Head and Neck 2 Week Wait:
On the day emergency advice/admission should be sought if the patient presents with:
If symptoms are no better in 6 weeks or new symptoms are presented, consider a referral to ENT. When considering this, it is recommended that potential risk factors e.g., significant smoking or alcohol history and examination findings e.g., lymph nodes and the Head and Neck 2 Week Wait criteria are taken into account.
e-Referrals Service Selection:
This guideline has been signed off by the Western Locality on behalf of NEW Devon CCG.
Publication date: April 2017
Updated: July 2021