FAQ - Zenker Diverticulum
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Have you or anyone you know been diagnosed and treated for ZENKER'S DIVERTICULUM Level C-7?

My mom is 79 yoa.......she was diagnosed with this......I called Dr.'s in my state of CA. Some said it was done by an Endoscopic procedure and if that wasn't possible then they went into the the throat by the outside procedure.

Did you/or the other person have good results or what were the complications? How long after the Endoscopic procedure were you able to speak?

No one I know, but here are some helpful sites that detail the condition:

The endoscopic approach is done through the mouth using rigid metal tubes. A laser or stapling device is used to divide the cricopharyngeus muscle and the wall between the pouch and the esophagus. This approach eliminates the pouch by making it part of the upper esophagus. Compared to open surgery, the endoscopic approach is faster, equally effective at relieving symptoms and has a lower complication rate. It is done as an outpatient or 23-hour stay.

Hope this info answers your questions. Good luck!  (+ info)

Could endoscopy have missed detecting a Zenker's diverticulum?

It definitely can because it happened to me. After I had swallowing problems I had an endoscopy and manometry done. I was given reflux medicine, a steroid spray, and prednisone. None of that worked. After a year of this I went in for a cine esophagram and found out that I have a zener's diverticulum. The esophagram showed it clear as a bell and I understand it it is usually how a ZD is detected.  (+ info)

What is Congenital diverticulum of the bladder?

My 3yr old daughter has been diagnosed with some type of mass pushing on her bladder. Doctors are not sure what it is. I was just wondering what congenital diverticulum of the bladder is.

They are pouches in the bladder wall that a person is born with (congenital) or later acquires. A congenital bladder diverticulum represents an area of weakness in the bladder wall through which some of the lining of the bladder is forced out. (A small balloon squeezed in a fist will create a diverticular-like effect between the fingers.) Bladder diverticula may be multiple and they often occur at the entrance of the upper urinary system into the bladder (ureterovesical junction). Acquired diverticula are usually related to bladder obstruction, most commonly as a result of benign prostatic hyperplasia  (+ info)

Does anyone know if its possible to get pregnant after having a urethral diverticulum removed?

I had a Urethral Diverticulum removed back in 2007. Everything went fine and I was able to walk away from the surgery without having to put a sling in or anything. At the time I was 25 years old and the doctor said that my youth would help me with my recovery, but He had mentioned something regarding pregnancy and at the time I was a bit to out of it ( medication wise) to absorb what was said. If anyone has any information on this please let me know. Thank you!

Yes you should be able to get pregnant without complications due to the surgery. However, this should not stop you from doing your research and educating yourself on the matter. If your concerns still persist you should consult with a doctor to reassure you and / or educate you further on the matter. I know this may not be the perfect answer that you where looking for but the bottom line is I do not see a valid reason for that surgery to hinder your ability to get pregnant. Plenty of women get far more directly related and invasive procedures done, and are still able to conceive just fine. Truth is even health women that have never had any issues or procedures done, sometimes even have a difficult time concieveing. This is why it is best to seek help.
I am a surgical tech, almost done with my BSN in nursing, and a future med student; Not to mention my years of experience in not only the med field but also as a female that has had serious fem issues.
I am guessing that your concerns are because you have not yet conceived or are considering trying.
This can be nerve wrecking but, the best advise will be to seek help. Once you have spoken to your doc you may want to consider going to see a midwife.
Midwives are particularly spectacular when it comes to conceiving,under a variety of situations. It is a common misconception that they are simply used for deliveries but in fact, they are not simply used for delivering babies, they are used for the whole process. Pre conception- post gravida. They are a great resource to use once you have decided to try and conceive. Many insurances cover them as well.
I hope that I have helped you at least a little and I wish you the best of luck.  (+ info)

Does anyone have good information about Bladder Diverticulum?

My 3 year old is getting a sonogram done on Sunday for this to see if he has it. Any information would be really appreciated! Does anyone know how serious it is?

Bladder diverticulum: A defect where a part of the bladder lining forms a pouch in the muscle wall of the bladder. The defect may be congenital or acquired through conditions such as infection and urinary tract obstruction. The size of the diverticulum will determine the severity of the disorder with mild cases being asymptomatic. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Bladder diverticulum is available below.

http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/b/bladder_diverticulum/  (+ info)

hu knows the pathophysiology of esophageal diverticulum in diagram form?

i need a pathophysiology of esophageal diverticulum. but it must be on diagram form for me to understand and report it well..

You should try asking those to doctors. There are sites which could help you. One of which could be www.diagnoseurillness.com there's a page there where you can actually communicate with a doctor. Try it there. Good luck. Plus, there's always good-old-research, I'm sure there's something like that in your local library.  (+ info)

Does anyone have experience of Meckel's Diverticulum?

My son has a horseshoe kidney and IBS (diagnosed by symptoms only). I have done some research and found a suggestion that Meckel's Diverticulum occurs concurrently in some horseshoe kidney patients. Has anyone else heard of this? Any info appreciated.

-- Meckel's diverticulum is the most gastrointestinal tract anomalies as it found at 2-3% of normal population , so for this you can say that 3 of 100 horseshoe kidney patient have MecKel's diverticulum  (+ info)

In laymans terms what is retroesopheal right subclavian artery with a 3 CM kommerel diverticulum?

It is also known as Dysphagia Lusioria

This would be easier to draw than explain...

During development as a fetus, there are duplicate systems of central blood vessels on the right and left. Through a complicated, controlled and orderly process, some of these go away and leave what is normally found, that is, one main central blood vessel called the aorta.

The heart lies just behind the breast bone, and the aorta comes out of it from the top, arching over like a candy cane. It sits on the left side of the spine inside the chest and continues on down the body, with its branches coming out along the way.

Behind the heart, the airway (trachea) comes down the neck into the chest and splits right and left to the lungs. Behind THAT, the esophagus goes down the neck into the chest and on into the belly. The esophagus is right up against the spine the whole way down... usually.

At the top of the arch, there are typically three main arterial branches that go to the head and arms. First, there is the brachiocephalic (which means "arm-head") which then quickly branches into the right subclavian artery and the right carotid artery, that go to the right arm and up the right side of the neck, respectively. The other two branches from th aortic arch are the left carotid which goes up the left side of the neck, and the left subclavian which goes to the left arm. All these branches lie right behind the top of the breast bone (sternum) and the collar bones. They're normally out in front of the trachea and esophagus.

A retroesophageal right subclavian artery is a rare variation of anatomy that happens when that controlled and orderly process of fetal blood vessels going away during development... happens different than the usual plan. Instead of having all those large blood vessels out in front of the trachea and esophagus, one of them is wrapping around behind the esophagus and in front of the spine. In this case, it then goes out the right arm.

Abnormal blood vessel patterns like this are well described, and there are sometimes problems with the blood vessels limiting the space for the trachea and esophagus.

A Kommerel's diverticulum is an abnormality at the point where one of these large vessels leaves the aorta. It's an enlargement of the diameter, similar to what is termed an "aneurysm". I am unaware if the presence of Kommerel's diverticulum has any specific clinical problems associated with it in the way that abnormal great vessels have potential problems for the airway and esophagus.

These are problems detected usually in newborns who have airway or digestive problems. Surgical correction is performed by cardiac surgeons who specialize in little kids.

Hope that helps!  (+ info)

Question about a diverticulum in the bladder.?

So I have a diverticulum in my bladder and my doctor said that when I was about 20 years old, it would likely start to degrade and fail to a point that it would need to be surgically removed, and I am now 20. I have no idea why he didn't remove it 4 years ago when it was discovered, but that's beyond the point. Right now I'm experiencing a bit of pain on the lower right side of my abdominal region, and it's just like a faint stabbing pain every now and again. The only reason I'm worried about it is because I don't know what a ruptured diverticulum in my bladder woudl FEEL like to me, nor how I would even know it had happened. I also have no idea how long I'd be able to live in that state. I'm not urinating blood or anything so I'm guessing it has not ruptured, but I just wanted to ask how on earth would I know if it had?

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My 3 year old might have Bladder Diverticulum?

First of all, I want to thank this site alot. I posted a question about my son about 2 weeks ago to see if it was normal for a child his age to pee about 2-3 times a day. I went to the doctor Wed. and they are checking him for either an underdeveloped kidney or Bladder Diverticulum. He goes on Sunday for his sonogram and Im just wondering if anyone has useful information about this or a really good site that can help me understand this? Thanks so much for any help!

Alot of the sites are heavily medical and difficult to understand, and I am a nurse.

It seems likely that there is a pathophysiological problem associated with urology. No matter what the outcome of the scan shows I recommend follow up with a pediatric urologist.

The bladder diverticulum can be congenital (born with it) or it can be a result from a urinary tract infection. It usually affects males, and is rare. Its not much but good luck  (+ info)

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