August 22, 2012

Bi-Lobed Zenker's Diverticulum

In the not so distant past, I saw a patient who suffered from a bi-lobed Zenker's Diverticulum. Zenker's diverticulum for those who don't know is the abnormal development of a pouch in the throat causing symptoms of phlegm in the throat, food regurgitation, swallowing difficulties, and aspiration.

Most Zenker's Diverticulum is composed of a single central pouch. However, there are more rare varieties such as this bi-lobed pouch seen on barium swallow.

However, at time of surgery (endoscopic staple diverticulostomy), the bi-lobed nature of the pouch essentially disappeared.

Video of how the surgery is performed:

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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