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The Oesophagus

Occasionally known as the gullet, this expandable 20cm tube transports food from the mouth into the stomach. The oesophagus has an upper and lower sphincter and layers of smooth muscle within its wall to help propel food downwards in a process known as peristalsis.

 

Common diseases of the oesophagus include:

  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
  • Barrett’s oesophagus
  • Oesophageal strictures or rings
  • Motility disorders
    • Achalasia
    • Oesophageal Spasm
  • Eosinophilic oesophagitis
  • Oesophageal cancer
  • Oesophageal varices