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September 1955

Pulsion Diverticula of the Hypopharynx

Author Affiliations

Santa Barbara, Calif.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1955;62(3):266-271. doi:10.1001/archotol.1955.03830030032005

INTRODUCTION  During the past 10 years, numerous references to pulsion diverticula of the hypopharynx have appeared in the current literature. Further discussion of the subject at length would seem superfluous except for the fact that the surgical repair of these lesions has been assumed to be the prerogative of the general surgeon. It is my contention that such diverticula present no unusual difficulty to the otolaryngologist who is conversant with neck surgery, and should be considered a part of his repertoire in the same sense that branchial and thyroglossal cysts have for years been so considered. The otolaryngologist adept in the performance of laryngofissure and, particularly, laryngectomy will find removal of pulsion diverticula a clear-cut, logical bit of anatomical dissection in a field which he already knows intimately.

NOMENCLATURE  King1 classifies esophageal diverticula into three distinct and unrelated types: Supra-diaphragmatic lesions are rare and are generally considered to

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