Volume 16
Number 1
Apr 2012
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Case Reports
LN Hannivoort, JW Vermeijden

A Zenker’s diverticulum (ZD) is a herniation of the proximal oesophagus. Patients often have complaints of swallowing or regurgitation, but the diverticulum can also be asymptomatic. We present the case of a patient with an undiagnosed ZD. The ZD was discovered after a nasogastric tube perforated the diverticulum and pleural fluid was aspirated through the tube. We discuss the patho- physiology, diagnosis and treatment of a ZD, as well as methods of confirming correct placement of nasogastric tubes.

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