Barretts Esophagus Health Center

Barrett's Esophagus

The esophagus is a tube that carries food and liquids from the mouth into the stomach as part of the digestion process. The stomach slowly pumps these substances into the intestine, which goes on to absorb the necessary nutrients. The muscular layers of the esophagus are typically pinched together at both the upper and lower ends by muscles known as sphincters. When you swallow, these sphincters relax to allow food and drink to pass from mouth to stomach. These muscles then close rapidly in order to prevent food and drink from leaking out from the...