Zenker Diverticulum in Dallas, TX
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What is Zenker's diverticulum?
Zinker's diverticulum is a rare condition where a pouch forms on the esophagus. This often leads to difficulty swallowing and over time, food particles and saliva can get trapped in this pouch. While the exact cause of this condition is unknown, it has been associated with other digestive health conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and esophageal cancer. Patients who have this condition tend to be older adults. If untreated, it may lead to difficulty breathing and an increased risk of choking. Our board-certified gastroenterologists at Digestive Health Associates of Texas can help manage and treat this rare condition. To get in touch with a GI specialist in your area, contact our facility in Dallas, TX.
What are the symptoms of Zenker's diverticulum?
The prominent symptoms of Zenker's diverticulum include:
- Trouble swallowing
- Bad breath
- Feeling of something being stuck in the throat
- Regurgitation of food
- Constant cough
- Hoarse voice
- Weight loss
Zenker's diverticulum can be diagnosed with an esophagram or an upper endoscopy. Once diagnosed, your GI doctor will determine the severity of your condition and the best treatment method.
How is Zenker's diverticulum treated?
Mild forms of Zenker's diverticulum, where the pouch is smaller than a quarter of an inch, may be managed with lifestyle and diet changes. Our gastroenterologists may recommend you choose softer foods, chew thoroughly, and wash all meals down with a glass of water. Severe cases of Zenker's diverticulum, where the pouch is larger than a quarter of an inch or causing extremely distressing symptoms such as persistent cough, difficulty swallowing, choking, or aspiration, may require surgery. Some surgical options available may be minimally invasive to ensure quick healing and less chance of complication. Speak to Digestive Health Associates of Texas in Dallas, TX to get in touch with a gastroenterologist near you who can answer your questions.
Seek Treatment for Digestive Distress
If you or a loved one has been experiencing the symptoms listed above, including difficulty swallowing, weight loss, bad breath, and sensation of something in the throat, it could be Zenker's diverticulum. While rare, this disorder could potentially lead to life-threatening complications like choking and aspiration. Our gastrointestinal specialists assist in treating and managing mild to severe cases of Zenker's diverticulum. If you have noticed any new digestive health problems, contact Digestive Health Associates of Texas in Dallas, TX and ask about receiving diagnostic care at a facility near you.
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