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Thorac Surg Clin. 2011 May;21(2):299-305, x. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2011.01.005.

The esophageal wall.

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  • 1Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, East 100 Street, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA. ricet@ccf.org


The esophagus spans three body cavities and has no mesentery, continually borrowing or sharing vessels, lymphatics, and nerves with associated organs. However, constant along this path is an intricate mural structure. An understanding of the esophageal wall, its blood supply, lymphatic drainage, and innervation is essential for successful esophageal surgery.

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