Oesophageal pouches and diverticula: A pictorial review

  • Nausheen Khan Department of Radiology, Kalafong Hospital and University of Pretoria
  • Farzanah Ismail Department of Radiology, Kalafong Hospital and University of Pretoria
  • Irma E A van de Werke Department of Radiology, Kalafong Hospital and University of Pretoria
Keywords: Diverticulae, Pouches, Oesophagus, Barium swallow, Reflux, Dysphagia

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.
Published
2012-07-11
How to Cite
Khan, N., Ismail, F., & van de Werke, I. (2012). Oesophageal pouches and diverticula: A pictorial review. South African Journal of Surgery, 50(3), 71-75. https://doi.org/10.7196/sajs.1299
Section
General Surgery