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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2004 August;163(4):103-5

Copyright © 2004 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

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


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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.

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