Clinical Images  |   November 2015
Killian-Jamieson Diverticulum
Author Notes
  • From the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Lansing. Drs Adams and Mahin are residents in internal medicine at Lakeland HealthCare in St Joseph, Michigan. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Kathryn M. Adams, DO, 812 Main St, Apt 4, St Joseph, MI 49085-1797. E-mail:
Article Information
Emergency Medicine / Gastroenterology / Imaging / Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology / Clinical Images
Clinical Images   |   November 2015
Killian-Jamieson Diverticulum
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2015, Vol. 115, 688. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2015, Vol. 115, 688. doi:
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A 74-year-old man presented to the emergency department with increasing dysphagia with solid foods during the past 4 weeks. He admitted to regurgitating particles of food that had been swallowed only hours before. He denied dysphagia with liquids, nausea, vomiting, hematemesis, and abdominal pain. A fluoroscopic esophagram revealed an anterolateral cervical outpouching consistent with a Killian-Jamieson diverticulum, seen from an anteroposterior view (image A, arrow) and a lateral view (image B, arrow). The patient died before treatment. 
Killian-Jamieson diverticula are characterized by an outpouching through a muscular gap in the anterolateral wall of the proximal cervical esophagus. The pathogenesis is unclear, and it is rarer than Zenker diverticulum. Differentiation can be made with barium contrast esophagographic or endoscopic evaluation. Common symptoms include dysphagia, cough, and epigastric pain. The primary treatment option is repair, either surgically or endoscopically, and should only be offered to patients who are symptomatic or who have large diverticula. 
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