Zenker’s diverticulum in an 85-year-old Ugandan man

Article Authors: Senai Goitom Sereke, Felix Bongomin & Zeridah Muyinda


Background: Zenker’s diverticulum (ZD) is an uncommon disorder due to an outpouching of tissue through the Killian triangle that is thought to be caused by dysfunction of the cricopharyngeal muscle.
Case presentation: An 85-year-old male patient presented with odynophagia and dysphagia of initially solid food followed by fluids that was associated with a significant weight loss over a one-year period. Barium swallow videofluoroscopy demonstrated a posterior outpouching of proximal esophagus that was 2 cm from the epiglottis. With the diagnosis of medium sized ZD, the patient underwent endoscopy guided diverticulotomy. Six months after the procedure, he was asymptomatic and had gained weight.
Conclusions: Dysphagia and weight loss raises a clinical suspicion for a malignancy. Barium swallow examination is an inexpensive method for the diagnosis of ZD.

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Journal BMC Gastroenterology
Volume 21
Issue No. 338
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s12876-021-01914-2
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