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[Zenker diverticulum: a case report].

Department of Otolaryngology, Medicine Faculty of Ufuk University, Ankara, Turkey.
Kulak burun bogaz ihtisas dergisi: KBB = Journal of ear, nose, and throat 19(6):311-5.
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ABSTRACT Zenker's diverticulum is a pulsion typed pharyngoeosophageal diverticle caused by the herniation of the pharyngeal mucosa, standing beside the posterior pharyngeal wall, through the Killian opening which is known as the weak area between the inferior constructor muscle's oblique fibres and transverse fibres of cricopharyngeal muscle. In patients with Zenker's diverticulum, symptoms such as disfagia, globus in the cervical area, weigh loss, regurgitation, cough, and aspiration. These patients are primarily admitted to the Gastroenterology and Othorhinolaryngology clinics with the complaint of disfagia and the diagnosis of this disease is mostly established late and the treatment is started late because the results of their physical examinations seem normal. Therefore, especially in the patients who have disfagia complaint, pharyngoeosophageal diverticle prediagnosis should be thought and that should be examined by passage graphies with barium and endoscopic methods, if needed. In this article, we presented the 67-year-old Zenker's diverticulum patient in whom we performed open diverticulectomy and posterior cricopharyngeal myotomy, and we specified the important points in choosing the patient and the type of surgery.

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