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Laser-assisted management of a symptomatic anterior pharyngeal diverticulum

  • K Pujary (a1), A C Agarwal (a2), R Balakrishnan (a1) and A Bhandarkar (a1)



Dysphagia is a relatively common symptom following laryngectomy. An anterior pharyngeal diverticulum is a rare cause of post-laryngectomy dysphagia. However, it is often an incidental finding on rigid telescopic examination.

Methods and results:

This article describes two patients with a symptomatic anterior pharyngeal diverticulum. They were treated by transoral micro-endoscopic potassium titanyl phosphate 532 nm laser assisted resection. Both patients could take feeds orally after the procedure without any difficulty. One patient died one and a half years after the procedure because of secondary lung cancer. The other patient died after three years as a result of regional recurrence. The patients were able to swallow during their survival period post treatment.


Laser-assisted micro-endoscopic resection is a relatively safe, quick and effective procedure for the management of anterior pharyngeal diverticulum.


Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Dr Ashish Chandra Agarwal, Dept of ENT, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India E-mail:


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Presented at the Mid-term National ENT Conference, 27–29 May 2016, Madikeri, India.



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Laser-assisted management of a symptomatic anterior pharyngeal diverticulum

  • K Pujary (a1), A C Agarwal (a2), R Balakrishnan (a1) and A Bhandarkar (a1)


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