Environmental degradation and its relationship with the development of globus pharyngeus in residents of Aba Town in Abia State, Nigeria

  • W.C. Udeh
  • P.I. Ejikem
Keywords: Globus, Dysphagia, Odynophagia, Environmental degradation, Stress

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine if stress and environmental factors aid or trigger the development of globus pharyngeus in populations. The work is a 2-year retrospective study in which case files of patients presenting with symptoms of globus pharyngeus at two different health facilities in two different cities -Aba and Umuahia, in Abia State, Nigeria, between February 2012 and February 2014, were studied and compared. The comparison was based on the environmental status of the cities; particularly infrastructure maintenance and environmental cleanliness. These parameters were then used to elicit whether stress and/or environmental degradation, had a major role in the development of globus pharyngeus. The results indicated that stress and environmental degradation, contributed significantly to the development of globus pharyngeus; suggesting the need for action in this regard, by governments and relevant governmental agencies saddled with the task of guaranteeing overall public safety and health.

Keywords: Globus, Dysphagia, Odynophagia, Environmental degradation, Stress

Published
2016-11-22
Section
Articles

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