Korean J Gastrointest Endosc.  2002 May;24(5):291-293.

A Case of Pharyngoesophageal Diverticulum (Zenker's Diverticulum) Following Anterior Cervical Spine Screw or Plate Fixation

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea. pjm219@freewonju.com
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.

Abstract

As a complication following anterior cervical spine screw or plate fixation, a pharyngoesophageal diverticulum (Zenker's diverticulum) is rare in comparison with iatrogenic esophageal perforation or tracheo-esophageal fistula. Esophageal perforation or fistula usually develop abrupt and severe symptoms such as fever, dyspnea, coughing or swelling on the cervical area. However. there is no definite symptoms except mild and chronic dysphagia in case of pharyngoesophageal diverticulum. Therefore, it is very likely that the diagnosis will be delayed and serious complication will be occurred. We report a case of 58-year-old spinal cord injured man with a Zenker's diverticulum following anterior cervical plate fixation.

Keyword

Zenker's diverticulum; Anterior cervical plate fixation

MeSH Terms

Cough
Deglutition Disorders
Diagnosis
Dyspnea
Esophageal Perforation
Fever
Fistula
Humans
Middle Aged
Spinal Cord
Spine*
Zenker Diverticulum*
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