Management of Cricopharyngeal Dysphagia With and Without Zenker's Diverticulum

Brandon H. Tieu, John G. Hunter

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Cricopharyngeal dysphagia and Zenker 's diverticulum result from cricopharyngeal dysfunction, a failure of the upper esophageal sphincter to relax at the initiation of swallowing. The focus of surgical management involves a cricopharyngeal myotomy that is performed by either an open or an endoscopic approach. The endoscopic approach offers faster operating times, a shorter hospital stay, earlier time to oral intake, and lower complication rates, but a role for open cricopharyngeal myotomy remains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-517
Number of pages7
JournalThoracic Surgery Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • Cricopharyngeus
  • Diverticulum
  • Dysphagia
  • Myotomy
  • Zenker's diverticulum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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