The History of Zenker Diverticulum and Its Treatment

  • Richard L. ScherEmail author
  • David Myssiorek


The history of Zenker diverticulum (ZD) and other hypopharyngeal diverticula is a story of medical and technological advancement. Over the last century, developments in perioperative care, surgical technique and instrumentation, and diagnostic imaging have led to improvements in treatment outcomes and treatment-associated morbidity for patients with hypopharyngeal diverticula. Refinements in treatment approach have resulted in the ability to treat most patients with these disorders using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques. Thanks to the efforts of well-known physician scientists, patients with ZD and other hypopharyngeal diverticula can now benefit from effective treatments with very low morbidity.


Zenker Diverticulum Hypopharyngeal Endoscopic Diverticulectomy Diverticulotomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ENT Procedure Innovation and DevelopmentOlympus CorporationTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Division of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences, Department of SurgeryDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  3. 3.Jacobi Medical CenterBronxUSA
  4. 4.Department of OtolaryngologyAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

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