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GAZZETTA MEDICA ITALIANA ARCHIVIO PER LE SCIENZE MEDICHE
A Journal on Internal Medicine and Pharmacology
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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2004 August;163(4):103-5
Management of Zenker’s diverticulum
Colombo G. M., Cicchinelli M.
Unit of Emergency Medicine and First Aid, Department of Emergency and Admission, “S. Camillo Forlanini” Hospital, Rome, Italy
Zenker’s diverticulum (ZD) occurs most frequently among elderly people in association with concomitant diseases. Cricopharyngeal myotomy is considered the key point in the management of ZD. Pulsion diverticula are caused by anatomical and functional disorders in the pharyngoesophageal sphincter. Different therapeutic techniques have been developed for the treatment of this pathology. Initially ZD was treated surgically, but since the ‘50s, endoscopic techniques have been proposed as an alternative.