Zenker’s diverticulum is a type of esophageal diverticulum, which is a pouch-like sac that forms in the lining of the oesophagus. It is in the part of the throat that connects the mouth to the oesophagus. This is called the pharynx.
Zenker’s diverticulum is a rare condition that usually affects older people, and men are more likely than women to get it. It happens when the muscles in the throat get weaker and make a small pouch.
Food can get stuck in this pouch, which can make it hard to swallow, make you throw up undigested food, give you bad breath, and cause other problems.
Most of the time, surgery is needed to either remove the pouch or fix the weak muscles that are causing the problem. In some cases, treatments that are less invasive, like endoscopic procedures, may also work.
Here are the Differential Diagnosis Of Zenker’s Diverticulum that you need to remember. This can be easily memorised through a mnemonic
Differential Diagnosis Of Zenker’s Diverticulum (Mnemonics) :
- Epiphrenic diverticulum
- Pharyngoesophageal diverticulum
- Esophageal web
- Esophageal stricture
- Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR)
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
Mnemonic: “ don’t Ever Again PEE on my LEG “