Esophageal Diverticulum

Esophageal Diverticulum is a pocket-like structure that protrudes outward in a weak spot of the esophagus lining between the mouth and the stomach. There are three types of diverticula: Zenker’s, Midthoracic, and Epiphrenic. Read more about these types in the PDF linked below. Most cases don’t need to be medically treated, unless it gets inflamed or infected.


  • Dysphagia
  • Pulmonary aspiration
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Regurgitation of swallowed food and saliva
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Heartburn
  • Hoarse voice
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Cough
  • Neck pain
  • Chest pain
  • Weight loss
  • Bad breath (halitosis)

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