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Anaesthesia for patients undergoing Oesophageal surgery

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Author(s): Dr. P.K. Bhatia

Journal: Indian Anaesthetists' Forum
ISSN 0973-0311

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2000;
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Keywords: Anaesthesia | Oesophageal Surgery

ABSTRACT
The oesophagus is a muscular tube measuring 23-25cm in adults. It enters the superior mediastinum posterior to the trachea; continues down posterior to the pericardium and left atrium and anterior to the descending aorta. Its right side is adjacent to the right mediastinal pleura and lung; and on the left side lies the left mediastinal pleura and lung; along with common carotid artery; subclavian artery and descending aorta. There is a sphincter at both the proximal and distal ends of the oesophagus.
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