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Zenker's Diverticulum

Zenker's Diverticulum is an abnormal pouch or pocket formed in the upper part of the esophagus. It occurs due to the abnormal tightening of the esophagal sphincter. It is mainly found in elders. It can be cured with surgical intervention.

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Why do I vomit when I try to swallow food?

Query: Hello doctor, I seem to have something caught in my throat. When I try to swallow, my throat closes up and I vomit whatever I was trying to eat or drink. If I sit for a time, the excess saliva in my mouth will not even go down.  Read Full »

Dr. Rashi Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query. It looks like you either have a neuromuscular disorder of the esophagus or an esophageal motility disorder. There are several types of it. 1. Zenker's diverticulum. Do you vomit foul-smelling, newly-digested food? Zenker's is associated with int...  Read Full »

I feel like something is stuck in my throat and I have acidity. Please prescribe medications.

Query: Hello doctor, I feel like something is stuck in my throat from two months, and I also have the problem of food coming in the mouth sometimes, and acidity. When I went to the doctor, he recommended Pantoprazole after which I had little relief, but not so much. Please prescribe me something better.  Read Full »

Dr. Jennifer Diane Schwartz

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Have you been back to your doctor after he recommended Pantoprazole? I think that you need to have an upper endoscopy to look at your esophagus and what is causing this problem. It sounds like you may have a Zenker's diverticulum. This is an outpouching of the lining o...  Read Full »

Can narrowing of the esophagus cause minty feeling in your nose and throat?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having a menthol or minty feeling in my nose and throat when I breathe for more than a year. I have been placing on Gaviscon and Nexium (40 mg) for more than a year, but the feeling persists. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems that you have been given a treatment considering gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, GERD's predominant symptoms are acid reflux and heartburn, but I do not see that you mention any of those. The fruity smell in the breath can be due to undigested ...  Read Full »

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