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South African Journal of Surgery

versão On-line ISSN 2078-5151

S. Afr. j. surg. vol.50 no.3 Cape Town Ago. 2012

 

GENERAL SURGERY

 

Oesophageal pouches and diverticula: A pictorial review

 

 

N KhanI; F IsmailII; I E A van de WerkeIII

IFCRad (D); Department of Radiology, Kalafong Hospital and University of Pretoria
IIFCRad (D), MMed Rad (D); Department of Radiology, Kalafong Hospital and University of Pretoria
IIIFRCR; Department of Radiology, Kalafong Hospital and University of Pretoria

 

 


ABSTRACT

Diverticula of the oesophagus are rare. They can occur at any level, and are often defined by their anatomical location. Three categories are recognised, namely pharyngo-oesophageal, parabronchial and epiphrenic. Although these diverticula are often asymptomatic, patients can develop significant problems with dysphagia, regurgitation and aspiration. The causation of oesophageal diverticula is controversial; however, the popular current belief is that most occur because of oesophageal dysmotility. This paper demonstrates the categories of oesophageal diverticula pictorially, including the radiological features and underlying pathology.


 

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