Symptoms of Esophageal Diverticula

Symptoms of an esophageal diverticulum can range from very mild to severe. They include:

  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Odynophagia (pain with swallowing)
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic cough
  • A feeling of food stuck in the throat
  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation (the return of partially digested food from the stomach to the mouth), especially when bending over or lying down
  • Bad breath
  • Aspiration pneumonia

Symptoms generally worsen over time as the diverticulum continues to stretch. In some cases, the chronic irritation of the esophagus can lead to a greater risk of developing esophageal cancer.