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September 1937

TRACTION DIVERTICULUM OF THE ESOPHAGUS: ROENTGENOGRAPHIC DEMONSTRATION; SYMPTOMS NOTED IN A SERIES OF TWENTY-SIX PATIENTS

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the Department of Medicine, the New York University College of Medicine, and the Medical Service of the Third (New York University) Medical Division, the Bellevue Hospital.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1937;60(3):454-457. doi:10.1001/archinte.1937.00180030071007
Abstract

Traction diverticulum of the esophagus, noted with relative frequency in adults at necropsy1 and demonstrable to some degree roentgenographically2 has been generally thought to be without symptoms and of minor clinical importance.3 Among ten patients reported on in 19322 and among sixteen additional patients in whom the condition was discovered under the conditions and method outlined in that report, symptoms recurred with such frequency as to cast doubt on the theory of absence of symptoms with this lesion.

This paper will present an analysis of the symptomatology and certain findings in twenty-six cases of traction diverticulum situated in the midthird of the thoracic portion of the esophagus, in close proximity to the bifurcation of the trachea and to the hilus of the left lung.

ANALYSIS OF COMPLAINTS  Symptoms were attributed to the diverticulum by ten (38.5 per cent) of the twenty-six patients. In eight cases these

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