Oesophagus and surrounding organs - image description

The illustration shows the position of the oesophagus in relation to other organs. The upper part of the oesophagus lies behind, but is separate from, the windpipe (trachea). The windpipe connects your mouth and nose with your lungs. The oesophagus joins the stomach at the gastro-oesophageal junction. Below the stomach is the small bowel, which is a long tube that is concertinaed in the abdomen and leads to the large bowel. This is a wider tube and starts on the left hand side as you look at it across the top of the abdomen and down the right hand side as you look at it. At this point it becomes the bigger pear shaped rectum, and at the lower end of this is the anus where the bowel opens to the outside of the body.