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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Best non surgical treatment for zenker diverticulum?

Best non surgical treatment for zenker diverticulum?

None: Really, the treatment for this congenital esophagus outpouching is surgical. There's no medication or lifestyle change which can make it go away. Good luck. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with zenker diverticulum?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with zenker diverticulum?

Not often: In anatomy, zenker's diverticulum, also pharyngoesophageal diverticulum, also pharyngeal pouch, is a diverticulum of the mucosa of the pharynx, just above the cricopharyngeal muscle (i.e. Above the upper sphincter of the esophagus). It is a false diverticulum (not involving all layers of the esophageal wall). ...Read more

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Best non surgical treatment for zenker diverticulum?

None: Really, the treatment for this congenital esophagus outpouching is surgical. There's no medication or lifestyle change which can make it go away. Good luck. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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