Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. Mayo physicians and researchers take a multidisciplinary approach to improving care for patients with esophageal disorders and disease.
Esophageal Interest Group
The Esophageal Interest Group includes Mayo gastroenterology physicians who have a special interest in diseases of the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube down which food (and liquid) pass into the stomach. On swallowing, a wave of muscular contractions sweeps down the throat (pharynx) and esophagus to propel food downwards. Closed sphincters (gates) at the upper and lower end of the esophagus open briefly on swallowing to allow the food through.
Frequent symptoms of esophageal disease include difficulty in swallowing, regurgitation of food or acid, and heartburn. The latter is a burning discomfort behind the breastbone, often felt at night or after meals, and helped by antacid medications or prescription proton pump inhibitors.
Common disorders seen by the Esophagus Interest Group: