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Patient reported outcomes in endoscopic and open transcervical treatment for Zenker's diverticulum.
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PMID:  24151013     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To compare long-term symptomatic outcomes between external transcervical (ET) and endoscopic stapling diverticulotomy (ESD) surgeries for Zenker's diverticulum.
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review.
METHODS: Patients undergoing surgery for Zenker's diverticulum surgery between 1998 and 2010 with at least 1 year follow-up were telephoned and questioned for dysphagia, choking, regurgitation, and halitosis based on a validated Gastrointestinal Quality-of-Life Index. Symptom degree preoperatively and at phone call was assessed. Patients rated their overall postoperative symptoms as worsened, unchanged, improved, or completely resolved.
RESULTS: A total of 96 patients were eligible for inclusion and 55 were successfully contacted. Of these, 24 underwent ESD and 31 had ET operations. Average follow-up time was significantly longer for the ET group than the ESD group (5.7 vs. 3.1 years respectively, P < 0.01). Gender, age at operation, diverticulum size, and preoperative symptom scores were not statistically different between the two groups. For both techniques, symptom scores showed significant improvement postoperatively (P < 0.01). A greater proportion of patients undergoing ET procedures reported their symptoms to be completely resolved or improved compared with the ESD group (93% vs. 67%, P = 0.015). Patients undergoing ET demonstrated a greater change or improvement in survey score compared to ESD patients (7.23 vs. 3.42, P = 0.014).
CONCLUSION: Both the ET and ESD surgeries significantly benefit patients, regardless of diverticulum size. Long-term symptomatic outcomes between the two populations indicate that patients with ET procedures attain a greater degree of resolution of preoperative symptoms.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: 4. Laryngoscope, 2013.
Rahul Seth; Karthik Rajasekaran; Walter T Lee; Robert R Lorenz; Benjamin G Wood; Alan Kominsky; Joseph Scharpf
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-10-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Laryngoscope     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1531-4995     ISO Abbreviation:  Laryngoscope     Publication Date:  2013 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-10-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8607378     Medline TA:  Laryngoscope     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 The American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society, Inc.
Head and Neck Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.
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