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Minerva Chirurgica 1999 September;54(9):631-4

language: Italian

Epiphrenic esophageal diverticulum. Laparoscopic transhiatal treatment

Chiappalone S., Russo B., Masella C., Fontana B., Virgilio D.


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A new laparoscopic surgical approach to treat an esophageal epiphrenic diverticulum is described. This is a rare disease. Today only 4 cases of laparoscopic transhiatal treatment with good results are reported in the literature. The present case report is an 80 years-old male with medium size epiphrenic diverticulum (10 cm) and very symptomatic dy-sphagia. Preoperative investigations include barium swallow, upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and eshophageal manometry. The laparoscopic transhiatal treatment was carried out without difficulty. Diverticulectomy esophageal myotomy and partial gastric fundoplication (Dor) were performed. No postoperative complication was recorded and optimal result was achieved. In conclusion, the efficacy of laparoscopic approach is underlined and the short and medium-term results are satisfactory.

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