alexa Surgical management of epiphrenic diverticula in the minimally invasive era.


Journal of Medical Diagnostic Methods

Author(s): Kilic A, Schuchert MJ, Awais O, Luketich JD, Landreneau RJ

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Abstract BACKGROUND: Epiphrenic diverticula are rare outpouchings of the distal esophagus that infrequently require surgical intervention for the treatment of symptoms. In cases where surgical therapy is indicated, the traditional approach is through a thoracotomy. Advances in minimally invasive techniques have led to thoracoscopic and more recently laparoscopic management of epiphrenic diverticula. The purpose of this article is to review the literature on minimally invasive surgery for epiphrenic diverticula with particular attention to the operative approach and technique, surgical mortality and morbidity, and symptomatic outcomes. METHODS: A review of the literature limited to studies in the English language and performed on humans was conducted on PubMed using the following key words: "esophageal diverticula" and "epiphrenic". Articles retrieved by the PubMed search were reviewed. CONCLUSIONS: A minimally invasive approach to epiphrenic diverticula offers reduced operative mortality, decreased length of stay, and similar symptom relief compared with open surgery in the hands of experienced laparoscopic surgeons.
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