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Case report
Zenker’s diverticulum: a rare clinical condition with unusual oral manifestation
  1. Anuj Dadhich1,
  2. Harish Saluja2,
  3. Seemit Shah1 and
  4. Kumar Nilesh3
  1. 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Loni, India
  2. 2OMFS, Pravara Rural Dental College, Ahmednagar, India
  3. 3Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University, Karad, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kumar Nilesh; drkumarnilesh{at}


Oral mucosa exhibit clinical manifestations of a variety of systemic conditions and can serve as an indicator of overall health of an individual. Various systemic conditions like autoimmune, endocrine and haematological disorders can present with oral mucosal lesions, which can serve as an important diagnostic feature. These oral lesions can vary from oral ulceration, bleeding gums, xerostomia, chronic glossitis, to erosion and sensitivity of teeth. It is important that a clinician must be aware of the oral presentations of systemic conditions, so that timely diagnosis can be made and the necessary treatment is executed. This paper presents an unusual case of severe oral mucosal ulcerations and dysphagia in an elderly patient diagnosed with Zenker’s diverticulum. Patient was relieved of all oral symptoms once the underlying gastrointestinal tract pathology was diagnosed and surgically corrected.

  • dentistry and oral medicine
  • oral and maxillofacial surgery

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  • Contributors KN, AD and HS were involved in manuscript preparation, literature review and final approval of the paper. AD and SS were involved in patient care.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.