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What is the treatment for Zenker's diverticulum?

Arlen D. Meyers, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)

Zenker's Diverticulum is an out pouching of the feeding tube (esophagus) usually where it meets the throat. Symptoms are typically a feeling of a lump in the throat or it feels like food gets stuck.

It is associated with tightness of the upper sphincter so the treatment involves relieving the spasm by injecting with Botox, cutting the muscle from the inside or outside and/or removing the diverticulum.

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