Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) for Zenker’s Diverticulum

In contrast to major thoracic operations, per oral endoscopic myotomy for Zenker’s diverticulum offers the possiblity to resect a symptomatic Zenker’s under monitored anesthesia care (MAC) for patients to ill to undergo general anesthesia. Patients have similar functional results when compared to small Zenker’s treated with traditional operative approaches.

DOI# http://dx.doi.org/10.17797/f3gyzc3k95

Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy for Zenker's Diverticulum
Small (<4cm) symptomatic Zenker's diverticulum. Symptoms include halitosis, food intolerance, regurgitation or aspiration.
Coagulopathy, inability to tolerate endoscopy or anesthesia
Endoscopy with monitored anesthesia care (MAC)
Upper gastrointestinal series and/or endoscopy to document a small Zenke's diverticulum, basic labs including coagulation profile
Esophagus, cricopharyngeus, Zenker's diverticulum, longitudinal and circular layers of the esophagus
Advantages: patient does not have to undergo general anesthesia and avoids the morbidity associated with a thoracotomy. Disadvantages: cannot operatively correct large symptomatic Zenker's diverticulum, esophageal perforation
Aspiration, bleeding, infection, incomplete myotomy, esophageal perforation
Monmouth Medical Center, NJ Department of Surgery & Gastroenterology
POEM-Based Endoscopic Treatment of Zenker's Diverticulum: Minimal Incision Cricopharyngeal Myotomy (cpm) http://meetings.ssat.com/abstracts/2013/Su1623.cgi Luke Mccrone*1, Kondal R. Kyanam Kabir Baig2, Victoria Gomez2, John D. Casler3, Timothy a. Woodward2 1Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, FL; 2Gastroenterology, Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, FL; 3Otorhinolaryngology, Mayo Clinic Florida, Jacksonville, FL

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