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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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What's zenker's diverticulum?

What's zenker's diverticulum?

Outpoucing: Of the upper esophagus usually caused by high pressures transmitted across the ues.

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How would you treat zenker's diverticulum?

How would you treat zenker's diverticulum?

Surgery: Treatment of a zenker's diverticulum is generally surgical. In proper candidates, treatment can be accomplished trans-orally with a surgical stapler.

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Is zenker diverticulum painful?

Is zenker diverticulum painful?

Usually not: The most common symptoms are weight loss, difficulty swallowing, regurgitation of food, and sometimes malnutrition. Treatment is usually based on the size of the diverticulum and the patients symptoms.

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How can I prevent return of zenker's diverticulum?

How can I prevent return of zenker's diverticulum?

Proper surgery: The most important component to prevent recurrence after surgery is a complete myotomy at time of surgery. A well trained esophageal surgeon, in appropriate candidates, can often perform surgery trans-orally.

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Please describe the surgery to treat zenker's diverticulum?

Please describe the surgery to treat zenker's diverticulum?

Two main types: There are two main types of surgery for zenker's diverticulum. 1. Is transoral endoscopic stapling. This is often first line therapy, and is especially usefull in small diverticulum. 2. For large diverticulum or failed endoscopic stapling, then a myotomy and diverticulectomy performed through the left neck is effective and well tolerated.

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What are the surgical options to treat zenker's diverticulum?

What are the surgical options to treat zenker's diverticulum?

Zenker's: Surgery can be done by open repair or through an endoscope and includes stapling or hand sewing closed the diverticulum and the overlying muscle. Full details are at: pharyngoesophageal diverticulum: technique of repair. Chest surg clin n am. 1995; 5 (3):449-58 (issn: 1052-3359) allen ms section of general thoracic surgery, mayo clinic, rochester, minnesota, usa -obtainable per medical library.

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How come I have zenker diverticulum, but nobody else in the family has ever had it?

How come I have zenker diverticulum, but nobody else in the family has ever had it?

Don't run in familie: Every one is different. Swallowing mechanism/abnormality that gives rise to this is different in the individual. Can be from chronic incoordination of swallowing mechanism, or spasm of esophageal musculature.

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Is zenker diverticulum curable?

Is zenker diverticulum curable?

Surgically: This is an anatomic abnormality that once formed, doesn't go away on its own. Small ones may not cause any symptoms. Larger ones can. They can be treated by advanced endoscopic techniques and/or surgery.

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What are the tests for meckel's diverticulum?

What are the tests for meckel's diverticulum?

Meckel scan/surgery: Meckel's diverticulum, a common GI tract congenital anomaly, is difficult to diagnose. Many remain asymptomatic, some mimic disorders like appendicitis, ulcer disease and crohns. Ectopic gastric and/or pancreatic tissue, is found in about half the cases. Meckel's are found incidentally at surgery. A technitium scan, or meckel's scan, can pick up the ectopic tissue, with surgery recommended.

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What are the presenting symptoms of meckel's diverticulum?

What are the presenting symptoms of meckel's diverticulum?

Anemia and blood los: Can also present as lead point for intussuseption and appendicitis like symptoms.

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How common is it for somebody to get meckel's diverticulum?

How common is it for somebody to get meckel's diverticulum?

Rare: The rule for meckel's is that 2% of the population is born with it. It occurs in the last 2 feet of small bowel. 50% of patients with symptoms will occur in the first two years of life. 50% of meckel's have gastric (stomach) tissue which makes acid and causes bleeding secondary to ulcers. This bleeding is painless.

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What is antimesenteric border and how is it related to meckel's diverticulum?

What is antimesenteric border and how is it related to meckel's diverticulum?

Meckel's: A Meckel's diverticulum is a full thickness outpouching of the small intestine, usually located on the antimesenteric border of the intestine (the side opposite to the attachment of the mesentery). They are usually asymptomatic, but can occasionally cause bleeding or other complications.

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What is a caliceal diverticulum?

What is a caliceal diverticulum?

See Answer: Calyceal diverticula are relatively uncommon tiny cyst-like outpouchings communicating with the kidney collecting system and containing urine, often discovered incidentally during imaging examinations. Although most are asymptomatic, occasionally there are complications of recurrent infection, hematuria, and symptomatic calculi. Discuss with your clinical dr. / urologist.

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Will meckel's diverticulum kill me?

Will meckel's diverticulum kill me?

Depends: A meckels occurs in only two percent of the population. If it becomes symptomatic and is ignored then one can be faced with several issues, bleeding, perforation, peritonitis and possibly death. Most people do not ignore these symptoms.

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Do people with meckel's diverticulum have a lot of pain?

Sometimes: Meckel's diverticulum can present with unexplained abdominal pain due to swelling in the diverticulum. Alternatively, it could present with painless rectal bleeding because the diverticulum sometimes produces acid that erodes the intestinal tissue next to it. If you are known to have a meckel's, the recommendation is to have it surgically removed.

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What type dr. Diagnosis and treats a urethral diverticulum?

What type dr. Diagnosis and treats a urethral diverticulum?

Urologist: Please make an appointment with a urologist if evaluating a urethral diverticulum