A pharyngeal pouch is bulge or pocket that develops in the top of your oesophagus.
It usually occurs in older patients. Symptoms of a pharyngeal pouch can include a feeling of a lump in your throat, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), bringing up food after a meal and bad breath.
To diagnose pharyngeal pouch your consultant may order special tests or procedures such as a diagnostic endoscopy or an x-ray using liquid barium to highlight the pouch.
In some cases your consultant may recommend surgery to remove the pouch.