Cricopharyngeal myotomy and excision of a pharyngo-oesophageal diverticulum

  • Glyn G. Jamieson
  • André Duranceau


It has now been established that Zenker’s diverticula form because of an inability of the cricopharyngeus to open adequately during swallowing. It is thus rational to divide the cricopharyngeus muscle when treating a patient with Zenker’s diverticulum. If the diverticulum is small (less than 2 cm in diameter) nothing further need be done. If the diverticulum is slightly larger (2–4 cm) then the diverticulum is suspended upside down after performing the cricopharyngeal myotomy. If the diverticulum is larger than 4 cm in diameter, it is best to remove it after performing a cricopharyngeal myotomy.


Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Thyroid Cartilage Cricoid Cartilage Inferior Thyroid Artery Royal Adelaide Hospital 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Glyn G. Jamieson
    • 1
  • André Duranceau
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Adelaide, Royal Adelaide HospitalAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic SurgeryUniversity of Montréal, Hôtel-Dieu de MontréalMontréalCanada

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