Oesophagus and surrounding organs - image description

The illustration shows the oesophagus and surrounding organs. The upper part of the oesophagus lies behind the windpipe (trachea). The windpipe connects your mouth and nose to your lungs. The oesophagus joins the stomach, just below the chest. The place where it joins is called the gastro-oesophageal junction. Below the stomach is the small bowel. This is a long tube that is tightly folded in the abdomen and leads to the large bowel. The large bowel is a wider tube and starts on the right-hand side of the body. It goes up the right-hand side of the body and then across towards the left-hand side of the body. It then continues down the left-hand side of the body towards the pelvis. At this point, it becomes the rectum, which is a bigger pear-shaped structure. At the lower end of the rectum is the anus, where the bowel opens to the outside of the body.