What is it?

Kommerell's diverticulum is a congenital rare anomaly of the aortic arch. In this condition, there a diverticulum is formed in the descending aorta. It is usually asymptomatic but may present with symptoms if the diverticulum becomes dilated, or when there are other conditions present such as atheroma and fibrotic changes in paratracheal or paraesophageal tissue.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Kommerell's diverticulum

Signs & symptoms

It is usally asymptomathic but may cause symptoms when it creates compression on the esopahgus sush as dysphagia, chest pain, difference in blood pressure meadure in the arms.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging tests.


Surgical treatment is recommended for symptopmathic patients.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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