Esophagus The esophagus is an important conduit between the oropharynx and the stomach. Having an understanding of the esophageal anatomy and physiology may allow the deglutologist to analyze a patient's signs and symptoms in order to arrive at a differential diagnosis, management, and treatment plan. This article describes the esophageal anatomy ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2012
Esophagus
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  • Arash Babaei
    Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2012
Esophagus
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2012, Vol. 21, 36-42. doi:10.1044/sasd21.2.36
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2012, Vol. 21, 36-42. doi:10.1044/sasd21.2.36

The esophagus is an important conduit between the oropharynx and the stomach. Having an understanding of the esophageal anatomy and physiology may allow the deglutologist to analyze a patient's signs and symptoms in order to arrive at a differential diagnosis, management, and treatment plan. This article describes the esophageal anatomy and physiology, including the important reflexes that underscore the interrelatedness of the oropharynx, airway, and esophagus.

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