What are esophageal diverticula?
They are sac-shaped dilations in any section of the esophagus.
What are the symptoms?
The main symptom is regurgitation of retained food, bad breath (halitosis), difficulty swallowing or dysphagia, chest pain. In advanced stages, retained food can reach the respiratory tract and cause recurrent bronchitis or pneumonia.
How is it diagnosed?
Diagnosis is made by high-quality upper gastrointestinal endoscopy (gastroscopy).
It is essential to perform a high-resolution manometry and a radiological transit.
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How is it treated?
The most effective treatment is endoscopic diverticulotomy. A variant called Diverticulum-POEM (D-POEM), allows the diseased muscle to be selectively treated by reconstructing the morphology of the esophagus.
The treatment is carried out by means of an upper digestive endoscopy, without the need for surgical incisions, in a much less aggressive way.
The Endos Advanced team introduced D-POEM in our country, is especially dedicated to this technique and has extensive experience in treating complex patients who have not responded to other treatments.