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If the esophagus is in the back, why do we feel stuck food in the front of the chest?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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In brief: Esophageal symptoms

Technically, the esophagus is a mediastinal structure that sits forward of the spinal cord and behind the airway.
As such, its mid-body and not "in the back." that being said, esophageal pain can radiate to the chest or back, and shares many of the same nerve pathways of pain as does the heart. You're right in that food sticking is typically described as "in the chest.".

In brief: Esophageal symptoms

Technically, the esophagus is a mediastinal structure that sits forward of the spinal cord and behind the airway.
As such, its mid-body and not "in the back." that being said, esophageal pain can radiate to the chest or back, and shares many of the same nerve pathways of pain as does the heart. You're right in that food sticking is typically described as "in the chest.".
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