Laryngeal Sensory Neuropathy

What is it?
Laryngeal sensory neuropathy is thought to be a neural disorder specific to the larynx.  Patients complain of sensory symptoms such as chronic cough, throat clearing, discomfort, and a “lump in the throat” (globus) sensation.  Laryngeal sensory neuropathy is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that a number of diagnostic evaluations are performed before arriving at the diagnosis.

How is it treated?
​Laryngeal sensory neuropathy is typically treated with medical therapy, of which there are several options.  Dr. Halum was the first to recognize and describe pregabalin (Lyrica) as a useful therapeutic option, a treatment that remains widely accepted for the disorder.