What are the elements of successful surgical management of Zenker diverticulum?

Updated: Jan 23, 2018
  • Author: Joel A Ernster, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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The 2 key elements for the successful surgical management of a Zenker diverticulum are division of the cricopharyngeus (CP) muscle to eliminate the potentially elevated pressure zone and elimination of the diverticular pouch as a reservoir of food and secretions. Presently, the goal of myotomy is to reduce the septum to less than 1 cm in length. [22, 23]


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