, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 90–92 | Cite as

Upper esophageal sphincter function in patients with Zenker's diverticulum

  • T. Frieling
  • W. Berges
  • H. J. Lübke
  • P. Enck
  • M. Wienbeck
Original Articles


Upper esophageal sphincter function (UES) was studied in 8 patients with Zenker's diverticulum. Radiologic and endoscopic studies revealed pharyngoesophageal diverticula of varying size. No tumor or stenosis was found. Esophageal manometry showed no significant difference between patients and 8 matched controls with respect to UES resting pressure, delay of maximal UES relaxation, and maximal pharyngeal contraction. All patients exhibited a drop of the UES pressure to esophageal resting pressure during swallowing. These results indicate that disturbances of UES function in established Zenker's diverticulum are a myth.

Key words

Zenker's diverticulum Esophageal motility 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Frieling
    • 1
  • W. Berges
    • 1
  • H. J. Lübke
    • 1
  • P. Enck
    • 1
  • M. Wienbeck
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, Division of GastroenterologyUniversity HospitalsDüsseldorfFederal Republic of Germany

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