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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 24 (2010), Issue 3, Pages 173-174
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/701071
Brief Communication

Bilateral Killian-Jamieson Diverticula: A Case Report and Literature Review

René D Boisvert, Drew CG Bethune, David Acton, and Denis R Klassen

Department of General Surgery, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Received 3 August 2009; Accepted 4 August 2009

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Abstract

A Killian-Jamieson diverticulum is an outpouching from the lateral wall of the proximal cervical esophagus. These diverticula are rare and are distinct from the more commonly known Zenker’s diverticulum. Literature regarding Killian-Jamieson diverticula and its suggested management is scarce. The present report describes a patient with symptomatic bilateral Killian-Jamieson diverticula. The patient had both diverticula excised and an esophagomyotomy performed. Following surgery, the patient’s symptoms resolved and he recovered well. A literature review and discussion of the etiology, clinical presentation and radiographic findings of Killian-Jamieson diverticulum follow, as do recommendations for clinical management.