Is an endoscopic or external diverticulectomy more effective for treatment of Zenker’s diverticulum?
Background: Although the incidence of Zenker’s diverticulum (ZD) in the general population is low (0.01% to 0.11%), it can have significant impact on an individual’s quality of life and can lead to pneumonias and chronic cough. There are two approaches to treatment of the condition: endoscopic (END) and external (EXT). This study sought to compare these two procedures in terms of in-hospital parameters, complications, return to normal diet, and rates of symptom recurrence.
Explore this issue:January 2015
Study design: Retrospective, single-institution chart review of 67 patients over a 12-year period.
Setting: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.