Patients with Zenker’s Diverticulum have difficulty swallowing, a "lump in the throat" sensation, regurgitation, and often, a chronic cough. Read on to learn more.
A Zenker's Diverticulum is a pouch that develops in the lower throat (hypopharynx) just above the upper esophageal sphincter (UES), causing swallowing difficulties. This condition is somewhat rare and typically affects older adults.
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Symptoms of Zenker’s Diverticulum
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic cough, especially at night
- “Lump in the throat” sensation
- Bad breath
- Hoarseness or throat irritation
Treatment for Zenker’s Diverticulum
Zenker’s Diverticulum is identified and repaired through endoscopic surgery using a laryngoscope. Once identified, a special cut is made in the wall between the pouch and esophagus, which resolves the problem.
Patients are kept overnight and sent home the next day on a liquid advancing to a soft diet.