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Esophageal Hiatus

The esophageal hiatus is the opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes and then enters the stomach.  It can be viewed by pushing aside the lungs and heart within the thoracic cavity and tracing the esophagus to the diaphragm.    The inferior vena cava also can …

Esophagus

The esophagus is simple to find on diagrams, usually shown as a long tube leading from the mouth to the stomach.   On preserved specimens the esophagus can be challenging to locate.   It is soft tissue that lies next to the trachea (identifiable by the cartilage rings) …