Zenker-Divertikel: Pro Operation

Translated title of the contribution: Zenker's diverticulum: Pro operation

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In case of Zenker's diverticulum, treatment is indicated as soon as the diagnosis is established. Therapy should aim at the elimination of dysphagia and the symptoms of food retention and should reliably prevent recurrence. Currently, three different therapeutic approaches are applied: the classical option is open transcervical myotomy and diverticulectomy/diverticulopexy and alternatively stapled diverticulostomy with a linear stapler or flexible endoscopic diverticulostomy is propagated. As compared to the surgical (open) approach, rigid or flexible endotherapy is less invasive. However, endotherapy is not always feasible for all types of Zenker's diverticulum and the recurrence rate is high. Accordingly, open diverticulectomy is recommended in patients with an adequate life expectancy and good general operability.

Translated title of the contributionZenker's diverticulum: Pro operation
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)484-489
Number of pages6
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


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