Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Diverticulum in the Esophagus Overview

Another name for Diverticulum in the Esophagus is Esophageal Diverticulum.

What is an esophageal diverticulum?
A person with an esophageal diverticulum has a finger-like pouch in the wall of the esophagus. Most diverticuli are caused by increased pressure in the esophagus, or around the esophagus.

What are the symptoms of an esophageal diverticulum?
Symptoms of an esophageal diverticulum include difficulty swallowing, vomiting, blood in vomit, vomiting undigested food, halitosis, and cough.

How does the doctor treat an esophageal diverticulum?
Treatment for an esophageal diverticulum includes medications to control symptoms and surgery for larger diverticula.

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Last Updated: Apr 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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