Nonneoplastic disorders

Author: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 16 January 2018, last major update December 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2018,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Pseudodiverticulosis esophagus

Cite this page: Weisenberg, E. Pseudodiverticulosis. website. Accessed October 22nd, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Also called diffuse intramural esophageal (pseudo) diverticulosis
  • Uncommon, usually elderly, slight male predominance
  • More numerous in upper third of esophagus
Clinical features
  • Usually no clinical findings, rarely dysphagia with markedly enlarged cysts
Case reports
  • Dilate strictures (if any), reduce inflammation as needed
Gross description
  • Numerous 1 - 3 mm flask shaped diverticula with a pinpoint mouth
Gross images

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Thickened esophageal wall due to expanded submucosa

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Squamous lined, dilated excretory ducts of submucosal mucus glands; often surrounded by chronic inflammatory infiltrate (Hum Pathol 1988;19:928)
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Two dilated ducts in superficial submucosa