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May 1958

Pharyngeal Diverticula

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(5):596-605. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010610018

Innumerable articles have been written on the subject of pharyngeal diverticula since Ludlow, in 1764, first drew attention to this condition.

It is not the object of this paper to discuss features to which attention has been drawn on many occasions, but to analyze, firstly, the suggestions which have been advanced as being factors in the production of pharyngeal pouches, and, secondly, to suggest a technique of operation which in our view not only makes operation far simpler but also makes the end-result more certain and permanent.

Anatomically, there are two potentially weak areas in the posterior pharyngeal wall, one below and the other above the cricopharyngeus muscle.

The lower area is caused by the forward convergence of the longitudinal muscle of the esophagus to gain anterior attachment to the middle line of the posterior surface of the cricoid cartilage. The triangular area formed by this deviation of the longitudinal

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