What is the role of esophagoscopy in the workup of Zenker diverticulum?

Updated: Jan 23, 2018
  • Author: Joel A Ernster, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Rigid or flexible esophagoscopy is essential before surgical management to assess the nature of the mucosa of the Zenker diverticulum and to exclude the presence of SCC or carcinoma in situ. Care must be taken with rigid esophagoscopy to avoid perforating the Zenker diverticulum. [8]


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