Epiphrenic diverticulum of the esophagus is an uncommon finding. Small diverticula are usually asymptomatic in nature. Large diverticula may present with dysphagia, chest or upper abdominal discomfort, vomiting, irritating cough or halitosis. There are a few different surgical approaches to epiphrenic diverticulum resection. It can be performed with an abdominal or a thoracic approach and in an open or a laparoscopic manner. In this case report we present a 70 years old male patient with a giant epiphrenic diverticulum and dysphagia. The patient was operated upon via a laparoscopic abdominal approach with intra-operative endoscopic assistance and underwent a diverticulum resection. We present a review of the different kinds of esophageal diverticula, the mechanism of their formation, and the surgical considerations associated with choosing the appropriate surgical approach.
|Pages (from-to)||499-502, 541|
|State||Published - 1 Aug 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Medicine (all)