Cause. Like Zenker diverticula, epiphrenic diverticula are believed to result from neuromuscular dysfunction at an anatomical weak point.
Complaints. Clinical symptoms may be mild, and heartburn is common. Epiphrenic diverticula are frequently associated with a hernia, achalasia, and spasms of the lower esophageal sphincter.
Management. Large, symptomatic epiphrenic diverticula should be treated operatively.
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