Pharyngeal adaptation in Zenker's diverticulum: The "faux pharyngoesophageal segment"

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Background: We have noticed a protrusion on the pharyngeal wall in patients with Zenker's diverticulum (ZD). The protrusion gives the appearance of a neo-pharyngoesophageal segment (faux-PES) and may represent an adaptation to protect the airway. Study Design: A case-control study. Methodology: The fluoroscopic swallow studies of patients with ZD were compared with matched controls. Information regarding the presence and location of a faux-PES, true PES opening, pharyngeal constriction, and laryngohyoid elevation was compared. Results: The fluoroscopic swallow studies of 31 patients with ZD were compared with 31 controls. A faux-PES was found in 100 percent of ZD patients and in 0 percent of controls. The mean maximum opening of the faux-PES was 1.5 (±0.27) cm. The faux-PES was located 1 cm above the true PES below the entrance to the supraglottic airway. This is the optimal location for airway defense. Conclusions: The faux-PES was identified in 100 percent of patients with ZD. The faux-PES may represent a physiologic adaptation to protect the airway from regurgitation out of a ZD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-428
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume139
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2008

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Zenker Diverticulum
Deglutition
Physiological Adaptation
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Case-Control Studies

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Pharyngeal adaptation in Zenker's diverticulum : The "faux pharyngoesophageal segment". / Leonard, Rebecca J; Belafsky, Peter C; McKenzie, Susan.

In: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 139, No. 3, 09.2008, p. 424-428.

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