Minimally invasive management of an epiphrenic diverticulum
Epublication WebSurg.com, Oct 2017;17(10). URL: http://websurg.com/doi/vd01en5059
We present the case of a 65-year-old gentleman who was referred to our department with long standing symptoms of dysphagia, reflux, and regurgitation. An esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) was initially performed to evaluate his symptoms and showed food residue in the esophagus and a wide-necked epiphrenic diverticulum extending from 38 to 41cm with superficial ulceration within it. The esophagogastric junction was at 45cm and appeared tight, which was consistent with the appearance of achalasia. A subsequent barium swallow and manometric studies confirmed the endoscopic findings. A minimally invasive laparoscopic approach was adopted for trans-hiatal dissection and diverticulectomy. Heller’s myotomy combined with an anti-reflux procedure was also performed to deal with the underlying achalasia as the cause of this pulsion diverticulum. The patient’s postoperative recovery was uneventful with complete resolution of his symptoms.