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2.04.07

HealthWatch 10: Lumps in Throat

   A LUMP IN THE THROAT FEELING MAY BE MUCH MORE SERIOUS THAN YOU THINK....
   JANET VASIL MORE IN TONIGHT'S HEALTHWATCH TEN REPORT.

44-YEAR-OLD RISA CARPENTER IS BACK FOR A FOLLOW-UP VISIT.
 Risa Carpenter "I had this sensation, um a lot of the time, that there was something in my throat.
Uh whether I was eating or not.
I had this sensation that there was just

something there."
THERE WAS NOTHING ACTUALLY STUCK IN RISA'S THROAT.
WHAT SHE HAD IS A CONDITION DOCTORS CALL "GLOBUS"
"For some people it goes away, and for some people it stays there all the time,
twenty-four hours a day." 
GLOBUS IS OFTEN CAUSED BY STOMACH ACID IN THE UPPER ESOPHAGUS.
TO PROTECT THE THROAT, A MUSCLE AT THE TOP OF THE ESOPHAGUS STARTS WORKING OVERTIME.
"A muscle that is just pushing too hard, it's contracted.
It's in a spasm.
And that's the source of discomfort."
AT THE WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER, DOCTORS USE A SPECIALLY DESIGNED SCOPE.
IT LETS THEM EXAMINE THE AREA AND MEASURE THE MUSCLE PRESSURE.
NAT SOT/VO: Susan Butler, Ph.D.
"We have a sensor up here high in your throat, right behind your tongue.
We have another sensor right here low in your throat and then we have a sensor right down here, that's right in
that valve." (:11) 
TO TREAT GLOBUS, RISA GOT A SHOT OF BOTOX TWO WEEKS AGO.
SOT: Susan Butler, Ph.D.
"It just relaxes the muscle back to a normal state that it needs to be in."
USUALLY A SINGLE SHOT IS ALL IT TAKES.
 NAT SOT/VO: Susan Butler, Ph.D.
"We still are registering some pressure
in there."
Risa Carpenter "I have the option of having a little bit more put in."
 THEN SHE'LL BE RID OF GLOBUS FOREVER.
THIS IS JANET VASIL REPORTING.

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