esophageal hiatus

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esophageal hiatus

[ə¦säf·ə¦jē·əl hī′ād·əs]
(anatomy)
The opening in the diaphragm for passage of the esophagus.
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A nasogastric feeding tube was placed into the distal esophageal opening at the end of the procedure under direct visualization.
In patients with cardiac hiatal hernia the esophagus is shortened due to migration (1 cm) of its part, placed in a ring of esophageal opening, abdominal section (3 cm) and gastric cardia (3 cm) to the posterior mediastinum.
The followings arguments serve as foundation for the AH reconstruction above the diaphragm: 1) axial hernia of the esophageal opening of diaphragm does not render direct adverse effects on the organs of mediastinum 2) it is never gets infringed.