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Cricopharyngeal Incoordination

By

Kristle Lee Lynch

, MD, Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania

Last full review/revision Jul 2019| Content last modified Jul 2019
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In cricopharyngeal incoordination, the cricopharyngeal muscle (the upper esophageal sphincter) is uncoordinated (see also Overview of Esophageal and Swallowing Disorders). Cricopharyngeal incoordination can cause a Zenker diverticulum. Repeated aspiration of material from the diverticulum can lead to chronic lung disease. The condition can be treated by surgical section of the cricopharyngeal muscle or by endoscopic therapy.

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