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Esophagus

The esophagus is a muscular tube connecting the throat (pharynx) with the stomach. The upper esophageal sphincter (UES) are muscles used when breathing, eating, belching, and vomiting. They keep food and secretions from going down the windpipe. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) are muscles at the low end of the esophagus that meet the stomach. These muscles prevent acid and stomach contents from traveling backward from the stomach. Disorders that occur when the upper and lower esophageal sprinters are not correctly functioning include, but not limited to:

Heartburn

Achalasia

Barrett's Esophagus

Esophageal Cancer

Acid Reflex/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Swallowing Disorders


 

 

 

 

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