Zenker diverticulum

Case contributed by Dr Derek Smith


Dysphagia and regurgitation of undigested food. Normal flexible nasoendoscopy apart from active regurgitation.

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male

Barium swallow

Large wide necked zenker diverticulum (pharyngeal pouch). This filled early on the frontal series and persisted on all other views.

Regurgitation and effortful clearing demonstrated. Tiny amount of contrast aspiration.

No other upper GI abnormality.


Case Discussion

This is an impressive example of a Zenker diverticulum / pharyngeal pouch.

These arise from a congenital weakness at the posterior larynx around C5/C6 level (Killian dehiscence).

This case was closed surgically.

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Case information

rID: 65791
Published: 23rd Jan 2019
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Tag: pouch
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