- Killian's dehiscence
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Caption = Muscles of the pharynx and cheek. (Constrictor pharyngis inferior visible at bottom left.)
Caption2 = Muscles of the pharynx, viewed from behind, together with the associated vessels and nerves. (Inf. const. labeled at bottom center.)
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Killian's dehiscence (also known as Killian's triangle) is a triangular area in the wall of the
pharynxbetween the inferior constrictor muscleand the cricopharyngeus muscle. (Also see Pharyngeal pouch).
It represents a potentially weak spot where a pharyngoesophageal diverticulum (
Zenker's diverticulum) is more likely to occur.
It is named after the German ENT surgeon
Gustav Killian. [WhoNamedIt|synd|3707]
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