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Zenker's diverticulum

Zenker's diverticulum: Introduction

Zenker's diverticulum: Zenker's diverticulum, is a diverticulum of the mucosa of the pharynx, just above the cricopharyngeal muscle. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Zenker's diverticulum is available below.

Symptoms of Zenker's diverticulum

  • Dysphagia
  • Regurgitation of undigested food hours after eating
  • Sensation of food sticking in the throat
  • Special maneuvers to dislodge food
  • Coughing after eating
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Treatments for Zenker's diverticulum

  • If small and asymptomatic, no treatment is necessary. Larger, symptomatic cases of Zenker's diverticulum have been traditionally treated by neck surgery to resect the diverticulum and incise the cricopharyngeus muscle
  • Other non-surgical treatment modalities exist, such as endoscopic laser, which recent evidence suggests it less effective than stapling
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Causes of Zenker's diverticulum

  • Zenker diverticula occur in a muscular dehiscence that is present most commonly between the oblique muscle fibers of the inferior constrictor muscle and the transverse fibers of the cricopharyngeus (CP) muscle. This area is known as the Killian triangle
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Definitions of Zenker's diverticulum:

A DIVERTICULUM at the upper end of the ESOPHAGUS through the cricopharyngeal muscle at the junction of the PHARYNX and the esophagus. - (Source - Diseases Database)


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