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March 19, 1932

POUCHES OF THE PHARYNX AND ESOPHAGUS

JAMA. 1932;98(12):964-969. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730380032009
Abstract

My object in this paper is to review the literature on diverticula of the pharynx and esophagus, to mention their probable mode of development, to call attention to the frequency of their occurrence, to discuss their diagnosis and differential diagnosis, and to add an additional twenty-three cases as studied in the Esophageal Clinic at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

A diverticulum may be defined as a blind pouch that has developed from a viscus or normal canal and may consist of one or more layers of the part involved.

BRANCHIAL CLEFT ANOMALIES  Branchial cleft anomalies must be mentioned in this paper to complete all the pouch formations in the pharynx.The only congenital diverticula in this region are those of branchial cleft origin. Only rarely do they cause obstruction and contain food. In one patient examined there were two lateral pharyngeal pouches and one posterior, the two lateral pouches

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