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of or pertaining to the esophagus.
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(ĕ-sof'ă-jē'ăl, ē'-sŏ-faj'ē-ăl), Although this word is correctly pronounced esopha'geal, the pronunciation esophage'al is almost universally heard in the U.S.
Relating to the esophagus.
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Relating to the esophagus.
Synonym(s): oesophageal.
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(e-sof'a-gus) (-gi?, -ji?) plural.esophagi [Gr. oisophagos]
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ESOPHAGUS: (as seen through an endoscope)
The muscular tube, about 10 to 12 in (25 to 30 cm) long, that carries swallowed foods and liquids from the pharynx to the stomach. In the upper third of the esophagus, the muscle is striated; in the middle third, striated and smooth; and in the lower third, entirely smooth. Peristalsis is regulated by the autonomic nervous system. At the junction with the stomach is the lower esophageal sphincter, which relaxes to permit passage of food, then contracts to prevent backup of stomach contents. esophageal (e-sof?a-je'al), adjective See: illustration

Barrett esophagus

See: Barrett esophagus

black esophagus

Necrotizing esophagitis.
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FOREIGN BODY IN ESOPHAGUS: Meat impaction in the lower esophageal sphincter

foreign bodies in the esophagus

Items trapped in the esophagus (typically fishbones, coins, or large unchewed pieces of food). Parenteral glucagon may help the material pass through the esophageal sphincter to the stomach, but endoscopic retrieval of the material is usually necessary. See: illustration
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(ĕ-sof'ă-jē'ăl) Although this word is more correctly pronounced esopha'geal, the pronunciation esophage'al is almost universally heard in the U.S.
Relating to the esophagus.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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Based on history, clinical and ultrasonographic findings, the condition was confirmed as esophageal obstruction. It was decided to go for manual retrieval of obstruction using mouth gags.
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Pereira et al., "Esophageal obstruction by solidification of the enteral feed: a complication to be prevented," Intensive Care Medicine, vol.
Results of expandable metal stents for malignant esophageal obstruction in 100 patients: Short-term and long-term follow-up.
Malignant esophageal obstruction and esophagorespiratory fistula: palliation with a polyethylene-covered Z-stent.
In contrast, those of MSCs treated (n: 16) and control animals' (n: 10) showed considerable or complete esophageal obstruction, severe adhesion (possibly due to perforation), and residual chow in the esophageal lumen.
This demonstrated that a partial esophageal obstruction had been caused by the anterior cervical spine hardware below the cricopharyngeus muscle (figure).
Esophageal obstruction after ingestion of a fiber-containing diet pill.
Silicone-covered self-expanding metallic stents for the palliation of malignant esophageal obstruction and esophagorespiratory fistulas.
When a double-contrast examination is contraindicated, as in cases of acute esophageal obstruction or because of patient condition, a single-contrast study can be done.
Esophageal obstruction by a foreign body is not rare, may initially be asymptomatic, can be difficult to diagnose, can result in significant short- and long-term morbidity, and has great potential for prompt resolution once diagnosed and appropriately treated.