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Squamous Cell Carcinoma Arising in Zenker’s Diverticulum: A Case Report and Review of the Literature
1 Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery, King Khalid University School of Medicine Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  
2 Department of Pathology, Alfaisal University School of Medicine, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  
3 5th year Student, Alfaisal University, School of Medicine, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  
Turk Thorac J 2018; 19: 228-230
DOI: 10.5152/TurkThoracJ.2018.17082
Key Words: Zenker’s diverticulum, squamous cell carcinoma, pharyngeal pouches
Abstract

The occurrence of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) arising in a Zenker’s diverticulum is a very rare incident. Complete excision of the diverticulum is considered as the procedure of choice for SCC in the pharyngeal pouch. Histopathological assessment of the pouch is the only modality to rule out SCC. Here, we report a case of a 71-year-old male with 20 years of history of Zenker’s diverticulum, who recently presented with a history of weight and appetite loss. A barium swallow confirmed Zenker’s pouch, the patient underwent diverticulectomy and cricopharyngeal myotomy; a histopathological examination of the specimen revealed a fungating mass of SCC within the pouch. This report highlights the suggestion of considering SCC not only in patients with a long history of Zenker’s diverticulum but also when there is a clinical suspicion with new symptoms for a more aggressive management for diagnosis and complete excision of the pouch.


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: Hajjar WM, AlMutairi OT, Jameel MA, et al. Squamous Cell Carcinoma Arising in Zenker’s Diverticulum: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Turk Thorac J 2018; 19(4): 228-30.

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