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Esophageal Diverticulum

Esophageal Diverticulum Causes

Esophageal diverticulum is caused by the following: motility disorders in the esophagus, lesions in the esophageal sphincter, as well as other underlying inflammations.

Esophageal Diverticulum Definition

Esophageal diverticulum is the development of sacs in the esophageal area. The sacs are believe to have developed because of problematic swallowing motion of the tongue, making way for particles to develop in the esophageal lining.

Esophageal Diverticulum Diagnosis

Esophageal diverticulum can be diagnosed via imaging studies such as MRI and radiograph tests. Flexible endoscopy can also be performed to detect neoplasms in the esophageal tract.

Esophageal Diverticulum Symptoms and Signs

Among the symptoms of esophageal diverticulum are difficulty in swallowing, and sore throat. This is common among people above the age of 50 and is rarely seen on children.

Esophageal Diverticulum Treatment

No major treatments are given since the disease can resolve on its own; surgical treatments however are rarely performed.

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