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Arch Hellen Med, 28(5), September-October 2011, 698-701


Zenker's diverticulum presented with chronic dry cough and recurrent pulmonary infections

I.D. Kostakis, A.G. Vaiopoulos, E. Lachanas, E. Spartalis, G. Karagkiouzis, P. Tomos
Second Department of Propedeutic Surgery, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, School of Medicine,"Laiko" General Hospital, Athens, Greece

A 76-year-old male presented chronic dry cough, recurrent pulmonary infections and dysphagia. Cervical computed tomography (CT) and esophagogram revealed an intermediate-sized Zenker's diverticulum in the posterior wall of the upper esophagus. The patient underwent diverticulectomy without cricopharyngeal myotomy, which is a therapeutic option for elderly patients. Zenker's diverticulum should be included in the differential diagnosis of patients with manifestations such as chronic dry cough, recurrent pulmonary infections and dysphagia, especially in the elderly.

Key words: Chronic cough, Diverticulectomy, Dysphagia, Pulmonary infections, Zenker's diverticulum.

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