Frequency and etiology of midesophageal diverticula at barium esophagography

Donna Hoghooghi, Fergus V. Coakley, Richard S. Breiman, Aliya Qayyum, Benjamin M. Yeh

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Midesophageal diverticula were identified at 8 of 218 (3.6%) esophagrams performed over a 3-year period in adult patients with no prior history of gastroesophageal surgery. All eight patients received a final diagnosis of esophageal dysmotility with secondary pulsion diverticula, and seven of eight (88%) patients had abnormal peristalsis noted during the esophagram. We conclude that most, if not all, midesophageal diverticula are pulsion in etiology, and the detection of a midesophageal diverticulum should prompt a careful search for underlying dysmotility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-247
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Barium
  • Deglutition disorders
  • Esophagus, diverticula
  • Esophagus, function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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