Devices and techniques for flexible endoscopic management of Zenker's diverticulum (with videos)

Pichamol Jirapinyo, Amrita Sethi, Barham K. Abu Dayyeh, Manoop S. Bhutani, Vinay Chandrasekhara, Nikhil A. Kumta, Joshua Melson, Rahul Pannala, Erik F. Rahimi, Guru Trikudanathan, John T. Maple, David R. Lichtenstein

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Background and Aims: Zenker's diverticulum (ZD) has traditionally been treated with open surgery or rigid endoscopy. With the advances in endoscopy, alternative flexible endoscopic treatments have been developed. Methods: This document reviews current endoscopic techniques and devices used to treat ZD. Results: The endoscopic techniques may be categorized as the traditional flexible endoscopic septal division and the more recent submucosal tunneling endoscopic septum division, also known as peroral endoscopic myotomy for ZD. This document also addresses clinical outcomes, safety, and financial considerations. Conclusions: Flexible endoscopic approaches treat symptomatic ZD with results that are favorable compared with traditional open surgical or rigid endoscopic alternatives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-13
Number of pages11
JournalGastrointestinal endoscopy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology


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