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December 1952


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;56(6):635-638. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710020660007

BIZARRE symptoms are often lightly cast aside as a diagnosis of psychoneurosis is placed on the patient's chart. Globus hystericus is a prime example. The Plummer-Vinson syndrome, neoplasms of the hypopharynx or of the cervical esophagus, paralysis of the pharyngeal and palatal muscles, stenoses, or strictures of the inferior pharyngeal constrictor region, and foreign bodies in this area are often missed because adequate histories are not taken and physical examinations and studies are not made.

Largely through the efforts of Dr. W. W. Eagle1 the symptomatic styloid process has become recognized as an entity to be sought in routine examinations. Dr. Eagle and Dr. Fritz2 have presented the usual symptoms of an elongated styloid process as dysphagia, frequent swallowing, increased salivation, fulness in the throat or a sore throat, a feeling that food has lodged in the throat, and sharp, lancinating pains in the ear. They describe the

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