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Published: 2017-05-22

Mid-Esophageal Diverticulum Mimicking an Aortic Aneurysm on Chest Radiography

Geena Benjamin, Shivaprakash Basavanthaiah Hiremath, Srikiran Thayille Kandy, Charamel Sankaran Kesavan

(Department of Radiodiagnosis, Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Tiruvalla, Kerala, India)

Pol J Radiol 2017; 82:279-282

DOI: 10.12659/PJR.899248

BACKGROUND: Mid-esophageal region is an uncommon location of esophageal diverticula, a condition usually diagnosed in elderly individuals.
CASE REPORT: We report a case of an elderly male with incidental finding of mediastinal lesion, which was initially thought to be an aortic aneurysm. Further evaluation demonstrated a mid-esophageal diverticulum at the level of the carina. We present patient’s medical history and imaging, followed by a discussion on symptoms and management.
CONCLUSIONS: Knowledge of benign conditions that might mimic a mediastinal vascular pathology is important for therapeutic and prognostic reasons, as they are often managed conservatively.

Keywords: Deglutition Disorders, Diverticulum, Esophageal, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Esophagectomy, Mediastinum

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