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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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Zenker Diverticulum (Definition)

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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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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?

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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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. 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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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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 Read more

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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. Read more

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Hi, please give the simplest explanation of ascending diverticulum. And how critical it is. Thanks.

Hi, please give the simplest explanation of ascending diverticulum. And how critical it is. Thanks.

Assuming that: You are talking about isolated diverticulum of the ascending colon, it is usually a congenital abnormality that can cause pain if it becomes inflamed or infected. If it is truly asymptomatic, you can probably leave it alone. Consult with a gi specialist for management specific to your case. Read more

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Will a urethral diverticulum change size throughout the day? Basically smaller in the morning and get larger during the day?

Will a urethral diverticulum change size throughout the day? Basically smaller in the morning and get larger during the day?

Urologist: Urethral prolapse is likely and the degree of prolapse may fluctuate in your case. A urologist can evaluate and advise you best on this condition. Read more

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Could I have meckel's diverticulum if I have abdominal pain?

Yes but is rare.: Yes, but that is a very rare condition, and much less than 1% of the cases of abdominal pain are due to a meckel's. Read more