Cricopharyngeal spasm and Zenker's diverticulum

Elizabeth A. Veenker, Peter E. Andersen, James I. Cohen

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Cricopharyngeal spasm and Zenker's diverticulum represent disorders of the pharyngoesophageal junction for which a unifying theory of etiology has yet to be established. There is, however, a large body of evidence that supports an association with gastroesophageal reflux. Cricopharyngeal myotomy is the key to successful management of both disorders. Newer transoral endoscopic techniques of management have a lower overall morbidity than traditional open approaches in appropriately selected patients and are therefore gaining popularity as the preferred method of treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-694
Number of pages14
JournalHead and Neck
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003


  • Cricopharyngeal spasm
  • Dysphagia
  • Endoscopic surgery
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Zenker's diverticulum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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