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oesophagus

(ĭ-sŏf′ə-gəs)
n.
Variant of esophagus.

oesophagus

See esophagus.

oesophagus

The tubular segment of the upper gastrointestinal tract which connects the mouth with the stomach, spelled oesophagus in the UK and esophagus in the US.

oesophagus

British spelling for esophagus, see there.

e·soph·a·gus

, pl. esophagi (ĕ-sof'ă-gŭs, -jī) [TA]
The portion of the digestive canal between the pharynx and stomach. It is about 25 cm long and consists of three parts: the cervical, from the cricoid cartilage to the thoracic inlet; the thoracic, from the thoracic inlet to the diaphragm; and the abdominal, below the diaphragm to the cardiac opening of the stomach.
Synonym(s): oesophagus.
[G. oisophagos, gullet]

oesophagus

The gullet. The oesophagus is a muscular tube, about 24 cm long, extending from the throat (pharynx) to the STOMACH. Just above the stomach it passes through the DIAPHRAGM. In swallowing, food is carried down by repetitive controlled contractions of the muscular walls, known as PERISTALSIS. Immediately above the stomach the wall of the oesophagus shows an increased tendency to contract, thus forming a muscle ring known as the cardiac SPHINCTER. This normally closes after swallowing, to prevent regurgitation of the stomach contents.

oesophagus

the part of the alimentary canal of vertebrates that lies between the PHARYNX and the STOMACH. No digestive juices are produced here, but PERISTALSIS takes place, often moving the bolus upwards from the lowered head to the stomach.

e·soph·a·gus

, pl. esophagi (ĕ-sof'ă-gŭs, -jī) [TA]
Portion of alimentary canal between pharynx and stomach. It is about 25-cm long and consists of three parts: the cervical part, from the cricoid cartilage to the thoracic inlet; the thoracic part, from the thoracic inlet to the diaphragm; and the abdominal part, below the diaphragm to the cardiac opening of the stomach.
[G. oisophagos, gullet]

oesophagus

Patient discussion about oesophagus

Q. do we need the esophagus to live? If we were to take our esophagus away would we still live?

A. Principally, yes. Feeding can be done through a hole in the stomach (PEG). Life is possible this way, although one may argue about the quality of life in this situation.

Q. Cn barret esophagous be cured? I was diagnosed with barretts esophagus several years ago, and so far keeps on the routine follow up. I met some other guy with same condition and he told after his doctor prescribed him with some anti-reflux meds, in the last endoscopy they found normal esophagus, and that he thinks he's now cured. Is that possible?

A. Anti-reflux treatment may lower the risk of cancer a little, but it won't cure it, so there's still a need for refular follow-up.

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Dr Mark Anderson, a gas-troenterologist at City Hospital who is co-ordinating Midlands trials, said: "Only a small proportion of those with Barrett's oesophagus will develop oesophageal cancer but an increasing number of people in the UK are developing this cancer.
One of the main factors which can lead to this cancer is a condition called Barrett's oesophagus which is caused by stomach acid creeping back up from the stomach.
Under normal circumstances, the stomach contents are prevented from regurgitating by a double-action valve at the lower end of the oesophagus.
He agreed the combination of her inflamed oesophagus - which may have been due to the steroids - and swallowing the piece of turkey led to her oesophagus being perforated.
Other biopsies of surrounding tissue showed a picture consistent with Barrett's oesophagus.
New British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Barrett's oesophagus.