The esophagus is the hollow tube that leads from the throat to the stomach. Just below the throat, the upper esophageal sphincter opens so that food can enter. The food then enters the esophagus where the walls of the esophagus produce rhythmic waves of muscular contractions that propel the food down to the lower esophageal sphincter, just above the stomach, where the food is then moved to the stomach. When not in use, the esophageal sphincters close so that stomach acid and food does not flow back up into the esophagus to the mouth.
As we age, the muscular contractions produced by the walls of the esophagus weaken and the ability of the sphincters to close decreases.
Esophageal Diseases and Conditions:
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), stomach acid flows back from the stomach
- Barrett’s Esophagus
- Diverticulitis, inflamed or infected pouches
- Other Esophageal Conditions We Treat
You can trust the highly experienced, board-certified gastroenterologists at Atlantic Digestive Specialists to provide you with personal care and the latest diagnostic and treatment capabilities. Experts in treating esophageal diseases, contact us now.