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  Esophagus definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular medical terms easily defined on MedTerms
Esophagus: The tube that connects the pharynx (throat) with the stomach.
The esophagus lies between the trachea (windpipe) and the spine.
Glands in the lining of the esophagus produce mucus, which keeps the passageway moist and facilitates swallowing.
www.medterms.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=3326   (290 words)

  XI. Splanchnology. 2d. The Esophagus. Gray, Henry. 1918. Anatomy of the Human Body.
The thoracic portion of the esophagus is at first situated in the superior mediastinum between the trachea and the vertebral column, a little to the left of the median line.
The abdominal portion of the esophagus lies in the esophageal groove on the posterior surface of the left lobe of the liver.
—The arteries supplying the esophagus are derived from the inferior thyroid branch of the thyrocervical trunk, from the descending thoracic aorta, from the left gastric branch of the celiac artery, and from the left inferior phrenic of the abdominal aorta.
www.bartleby.com /107/245.html   (958 words)

 Bacteria live in the esophagus!
The esophagus isn't merely a tube for food traveling from the mouth to the stomach, it also provides an environment for bacteria to live, according to a new study by NYU School of Medicine scientists that overturns the general belief that the esophagus is free of bacteria.
Bacteria were believed to move through the esophagus, the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach, as food-borne passengers on route to the stomach.
Although many of the bacteria in the esophagus were highly related to the bacteria found in the mouth, certain bacteria were not known residents of the mouth, says Dr. Pei.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2004-03/nyum-bli031504.php   (874 words)

  Esophagus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The esophagus (also spelled oesophagus/Å“sophagus), or gullet is an organ in vertebrates which consists of a muscular tube through which food passes from the mouth area to the stomach.
The esophagus is continuous with the laryngeal part of the pharynx at the level of the C6 vertebra.
The esophagus is lined by stratified squamous epithelium, which is rapidly turned over, and serves a protective effect due to the high volume transit of food, saliva and mucous into the stomach.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Esophagus   (417 words)

 Discovery Health :: Diseases & Conditions :: Barrett's esophagus
Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which some of the lining of the esophagus is replaced by abnormal cells.
The esophagus is the tube through which food passes from the throat to the stomach.
The esophagus is connected to the stomach by the esophageal sphincter.
health.discovery.com /encyclopedias/illnesses.html?article=187   (610 words)

 What is Barrett's esophagus? - barrettsinfo.com
Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the normal squamous epithelium of the esophagus has been replaced by an abnormal red columnar epithelium called specialized intestinal metaplasia.
Barrett proposed that the red-colored esophagus seen in some patients was actually part of the stomach and that these patients were probably born with a short esophagus (due to the short length of the white squamous esophageal lining).
To confirm that a red lining in the esophagus is indeed specialized intestinal metaplasia, the doctor must take multiple biopsies to obtain pieces of tissue from the lining and send it to the pathology lab for histologic analysis (examination of the tissue under a microscope).
www.barrettsinfo.com /content/1_what_is_barretts.htm   (988 words)

 Barrett's Esophagus
Normally, there is an area at the end of the esophagus that marks the border between the cells of the esophagus and those of the stomach.
Cancer of the upper esophagus (squamous cell cancer) is usually related to alcohol and smoking.
Barrett's tissue growing in the esophagus appears to be the body's defense against continued stomach acid irritation.
www.gicare.com /pated/ecdgs40.htm   (1171 words)

 Healthopedia.com - Barrett's Esophagus
Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the lining of the esophagus is replaced by abnormal cells.
The esophagus is the tube that connects the throat to the stomach.
This narrowing of the esophagus is known as an esophageal stricture.
www.healthopedia.com /barretts-esophagus   (461 words)

 Comprehensive article on Barrett’s Esophagus produced by medical doctors
During endoscopy of the lower esophagus, an abnormal pink lining is seen as replacing the normal whitish lining of the esophagus.
The reason for the great interest in Barrett's esophagus is that it is associated with an increased risk of cancer of the esophagus.
The usual cancer of the esophagus is squamous-type carcinoma, which arises from the squamous lining that is normally present in the esophagus.
www.medicinenet.com /barretts_esophagus/article.htm   (893 words)

 Barrett's Esophagus
The esophagus is a muscular tube that extends from the neck to the abdomen and connects the back of the throat to the stomach.
When Barrett's esophagus is present, the columnar lining extends from the junction of the esophagus and stomach upwards into the esophagus for a variable distance ranging from a few centimeters to nearly the entire length of the esophagus.
During this outpatient examination, which is performed under sedation, a flexible telescope is passed through your mouth, down your esophagus, and into your stomach, permitting the physician performing the test to view the lining surfaces of the esophagus and stomach.
www.sts.org /doc/4490   (1256 words)

 Gross Overview   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The esophagus is a muscular tube that extends from the pharynx through the esophageal hiatus of the diaphragm.
The esophagus propels food toward the stomach by peristalsis, prevents acid-reflux by minimizing the retrograde movement of gastric contents, and responds with secondary peristalsis to clear itself of any refluxed contents.
The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a ring of increased thickness in the circular, smooth-muscle layer of the esophagus.
www.gerd.com /intro/noframe/grossovw.htm   (553 words)

 The Esophagus
Anatomically and functionally, the esophagus is the least complex section of the digestive tube.
Second, instead of the esophagus being free as it courses through the thoracic cavity, it is embedded in the connective tissue; thus, its outer tunic is referred to as adventitia instead of serosa.
The body of the esophagus is bounded by physiologic sphincters known as the upper and lower esophageal sphincters.
arbl.cvmbs.colostate.edu /hbooks/pathphys/digestion/pregastric/esophagus.html   (498 words)

 Barrett's Esophagus
Barrett's esophagus is a condition that develops in some people who have chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or inflammation of the esophagus (esophagitis).
In Barrett's esophagus, the normal cells that line the esophagus, called squamous cells, turn into a type of cell not usually found in humans, called specialized columnar cells.
Fundoplication is the name of the surgery to remove part of the esophagus and attach the stomach to the remaining section.
healthlink.mcw.edu /article/956611848.html   (460 words)

 MGC-Barrett's Esophagus
Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the esophagus, the muscular tube that carries food and saliva from the mouth to the stomach, changes so that some of its lining is replaced by a type of tissue similar to that normally found in the intestine.
While these functions of the esophagus are obviously an important part of everyday life, people who must have their esophagus removed, for example because of cancer, can live a relatively healthy life without it.
Barrett's esophagus is associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.
www.midwestgastro.com /patient_education/Barretts_Esophagus.html   (1549 words)

 ACS :: What Is Cancer of the Esophagus?
The esophagus is a muscular tube that carries food and liquid from the mouth to the stomach.
The lower part of the esophagus that connects to the stomach is called the gastroesophageal junction, or GE junction.
People with Barrett esophagus are at a highly increased risk for developing cancer of the esophagus (estimated at 30-100 x normal), and therefore need to be followed closely by their doctor.
www.cancer.org /docroot/cri/content/cri_2_4_1x_what_is_esophagus_cancer_12.asp?sitearea=cri   (685 words)

 Cancer of the Esophagus - CancerIndex
The esophagus (UK spelling: oesophagus) is a long hollow muscular tube which connects the throat to the stomach.
Seattle Barrett's Esophagus Research Program Barrett's Esophagus is a pre-cancerous condition arising in 10-20% of patients with chronic reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus.
The incidence of adenocarcinoma and dysplasia in Barrett's esophagus: report on the Cleveland Clinic Barrett's Esophagus Registry.
www.cancerindex.org /clinks2o.htm   (1031 words)

 MUSC DDC - Esophagus
The esophagus is a hollow muscular tube that connects the back of the throat to the top of the stomach.
The other two thirds of the esophagus are made of smooth muscle like the rest of the gut and is not under voluntary control.
The food within the esophagus is moved downstream by movement of the smooth muscle (primary peristalsis), and the LES relaxes for food to enter the stomach.
www.ddc.musc.edu /ddc_pub/digestiveOrgans/esophagus.htm   (412 words)

 MedlinePlus: Esophagus Disorders
The primary NIH organization for research on Esophagus Disorders is the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
The esophagus is the tube that carries food, liquids and saliva from your mouth to the stomach.
The most common problem with the esophagus is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
www.nlm.nih.gov /medlineplus/esophagusdisorders.html   (339 words)

 ThirdAge: Barrett's Esophagus
Barrett's esophagus is a complication of chronic esophagitis, which is inflammation of the esophagus.
Barrett's esophagus is characterized by a change in the cells lining the esophagus.
The exact cause of Barrett's esophagus is unknown.
www.thirdage.com /healthgate/files/1532.html   (474 words)

 Esophagus Cancer Survival - an indepth information resource
Furthermore the treatment regime we were offered (including removal of the esophagus) came without any high expectancy of success, much less any real quality of life for whatever future there may be!
However the first step is to throroughly understand what you are dealing with, hence our mission to provide an in-depth information resource for esophagus cancer.
PS Glenn's last blood tests and endoscopy, done on 20th July 2006 continue to be "all clear".
www.esophaguscancersurvival.com   (591 words)

 Barrett's esophagus: Most often a result of GERD - MayoClinic.com
Barrett's esophagus is a condition in which the color and composition of the cells lining your lower esophagus change because of repeated exposure to stomach acid.
But once Barrett's esophagus is diagnosed, there's a greater risk of developing esophageal cancer.
Although increased, the absolute risk of esophageal cancer for someone with Barrett's esophagus is small — less than 1 percent a year.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/barretts-esophagus/HQ00312   (243 words)

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