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When and how to manage esophageal diverticula: surgical and endoscopic procedures

Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2015;15(11). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/lt03endallemagne013

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Esophageal diverticula are rare. They may occur in the pharyngoesophageal area (Zenker's), mid-esophagus, or distally (epiphrenic). Most patients with diverticula are asymptomatic. Fewer than one-third of the diverticula produce symptoms severe enough to seek medical attention or to warrant surgery. Surgical treatment has changed significantly with the development of minimally invasive methods which have increasingly replaced open surgery. If certain indications persist for open surgery, Zenker’s diverticulum is mainly treated with transoral endoscopic flexible or rigid techniques. This approach, which consists of a marsupialization of the diverticulum, also treats the concomitant motor disorder. These esophageal motor disorders are also present in the vast majority of patients with mid-esophageal or epiphrenic diverticula. These diseases are also treated mainly using a minimally invasive approach which consists of a diverticulectomy associated with an esophageal myotomy, which is widely recommended.