Traction esophageal diverticulum

Last revised by Dr Vikas Shah on 28 Apr 2022

A traction esophageal diverticulum is a true esophageal diverticulum (i.e. includes all layers of the esophageal wall) which occurs secondary to pulling forces (traction) on the esophageal wall.


  • pulmonary or mediastinal scarring, fibrosis
  • inflammatory processes in the mediastinum (for example tuberculous adenitis)

Radiographic features

Unlike rounded pulsion diverticula, a traction diverticulum is triangular or polygonal in shape, and broad-mouthed1.

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Cases and figures

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