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Where do the trachea and esophagus connect?
The esophagus runs behind the windpipe (trachea) and heart, and in front of the spine. Just before entering the stomach, the esophagus passes through the diaphragm.
The esophagus (food pipe) and trachea (windpipe) are 2 separate tubes. The esophagus runs behind the trachea inside the chest. Both of these tubes start at the throat. The food you eat travels down the esophagus into the stomach.
What is trachea connected to?
The trachea is a hollow, tube-like structure that runs from the larynx, or voice box, to the bronchi — the two passageways that connect the trachea to the lungs.
Is the esophagus and trachea the same thing?
The esophagus is the tube that connects the throat to the stomach. The trachea is the tube that connects the throat to the windpipe and lungs. Normally, the esophagus and trachea are two tubes that are not connected.
What is wrong with the esophagus in esophageal atresia?
In a baby with esophageal atresia, the esophagus has two separate sections—the upper and lower esophagus—that do not connect. A baby with this birth defect is unable to pass food from the mouth to the stomach, and sometimes difficulty breathing.
Where is my esophagus located?
The esophagus is an eight-inch-long muscular tube connecting the throat (pharynx) with the stomach. The esophagus is located behind the windpipe (trachea) and heart in front of the spine. It passes through the diaphragm before entering the stomach.
How long is your esophagus?
The esophagus is a muscular tube connecting the throat (pharynx) with the stomach. The esophagus is about 8 inches long, and is lined by moist pink tissue called mucosa. The esophagus is about 8 inches long, and is lined by moist pink tissue called mucosa. The esophagus runs behind the windpipe (trachea) and heart, and in front of the spine.
What is an esophageal disorder?
An esophageal disorder is a condition in which a person has problems affecting his esophagus, the tube from the throat to the stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common problem.