Zenker diverticulum

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio



Patient Data

Age: 72

Barium swallow

There is a saccular formation filled with contrast in hypopharynx just proximal to the upper esophagus.

Case Discussion

The Zenker diverticulum is a pulsion-pseudodiverticulum and results from herniation of mucosa and submucosa through the dehiscence of Killian, a focal weakness in the hypopharynx at the normal cleavage plane between the fibers of the inferior pharyngeal constrictor and the cricopharyngeus muscles.

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Case information

rID: 29402
Published: 23rd May 2014
Last edited: 20th Dec 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included