Pharmacist Linden Smith has recently dealt with a patient who was suffering from achalasia, a disorder where the muscles in the lower oesophageal sphincter do not relax appropriately on swallowing, leading to a build up of food. He wonders whether this is another case and he decides to refer Mr Roberts to his GP as a matter of urgency.
Mr Roberts returns to the pharmacy some months later and Linden asks him how he is doing. He tells Linden that he has been to the hospital for tests. He had a barium swallow and a pharyngeal pouch has been diagnosed.
What is a pharyngeal pouch?
Linden has not heard of a pharyngeal pouch and decides to investigate using the internet. He discovers that the condition is also