We present a case of Zenker’s diverticulum in a 45-year-old woman, occurred as complication after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for a cervical spine injury. The oesophageal complication occurred 12 months after vertebral cervical surgery and presenting symptoms were fever, dysphagia and neck pain with evidence of retropharyngeal infection. We performed a posterior cervical stabilisation C3-D1 by screws and rods and a second anterior left cervical approach with anterior plate removing and oesophageal wall break repairing with a sternohyoid muscle patch. Despite pharyngo-oesophageal diverticulum may be a complication of anterior cervical surgery (traction diverticulum), in case of an already present true Zenker’s diverticulum, delayed complication may occur without cervical hardware pull-out.
- neurology (drugs and medicines)
- bone and joint infections
- trauma CNS /PNS
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Contributors MD: Study design. MG: Elaboration data and literature research. DN: Reviewer.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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