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The Digestive Tract. The GI tract (gastrointestinal tract) The muscular alimentary canal Mouth Pharynx Esophagus Stomach Small intestine Large intestine Anus The accessory digestive organs Supply secretions contributing to the breakdown of food Teeth & tongue Salivary glands

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The GI tract(gastrointestinal tract)

The muscular alimentary canal

    • Mouth
    • Pharynx
    • Esophagus
    • Stomach
    • Small intestine
    • Large intestine
    • Anus
  • The accessory digestive organs

Supply secretions contributing to the breakdown of food

    • Teeth & tongue
    • Salivary glands
    • Gallbladder
    • Liver
    • Pancreas
the digestive process
The Digestive Process
  • Ingestion
    • Taking in food through the mouth
  • Propulsion (movement of food)
    • Swallowing
    • Peristalsis – propulsion by alternate contraction &relaxation
  • Mechanical digestion
    • Chewing
    • Churning in stomach
    • Mixing by segmentation
  • Chemical digestion
    • By secreted enzymes: see later
  • Absorption
    • Transport of digested end products into blood and lymph in wall of canal
  • Defecation
    • Elimination of indigestible substances from body as feces
Chemical digestion
    • Complex food molecules (carbohydrates, proteins and lipids) broken down into chemical building blocks (simple sugars, amino acids, and fatty acids and glycerol)
    • Carried out by enzymes secreted by digestive glands into lumen of the alimentary canal
ways to divide
Ways to divide….

The more common






histology of alimentary canal wall same four layers from esophagus to anal canal
Histology of alimentary canal wallSame four layers from esophagus to anal canal
  • Mucosa
  • Submucosa
  • Muscularis externa
  • Serosa

from lumen (inside) out

inner layer the mucosa mucous membrane
Inner layer: the mucosa*(mucous membrane)

Three sub-layers

  • Lining epithelium
  • Lamina propria
  • Muscularis mucosae


more about the mucosa
More about the mucosa
  • Epithelium: absorbs nutrients, secretes mucus
    • Continuous with ducts and secretory cells of intrinsic digestive glands (those within the wall)
    • Extrinsic (accessory) glands: the larger ones such as liver and pancreas
  • Lamina propria
    • Loose connective tissue with nourishing and absorbing capillaries
    • Contains most of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT)
  • Muscularis mucosae
    • Thin layer of muscle producing only local movements
second layer the submucosa
Second layer: the submucosa*
  • Connective tissue containing major blood and lymphatic vessels and nerves
  • Many elastic fibers so gut can regain shape after food passes


next in the muscularis externa aka just muscularis
Next in, the muscularis externa*(AKA just “muscularis”)

Two layers of smooth muscle responsible for peristalsis and segmentation

  • Inner circular layer (circumferential)
    • Squeezes
    • In some places forms sphincters (act as valves)
  • Outer longitudinal layer: shortens gut


last outer the serosa the visceral peritoneum
Last (outer), the serosa*(the visceral peritoneum)
  • Simple squamous epithelium (mesothelium)
    • Thin layer of areolar connective tissue underneath
  • Exceptions:
    • Parts not in peritoneal cavity have adventitia, lack serosa
    • Some have both, e.g. retroperitoneal organs


smooth muscle

Smooth muscle

Smooth muscle
  • Muscles are spindle-shaped cells
  • One central nucleus
  • Grouped into sheets: often running perpendicular to each other
  • Peristalsis
  • No striations (no sarcomeres)
  • Contractions are slow, sustained and resistant to fatigue
  • Does not always require a nervous signal: can be stimulated by stretching or hormones
  • 6 major locations:
  • inside the eye 2. walls of vessels 3. respiratory tubes
  • 4. digestive tubes 5. urinary organs 6. reproductive organs
  • Enteric nervous system: the gut’s own
    • Visceral plexuses within gut wall controlling the muscles, glands and having sensory info
      • Myenteric: in muscularis
      • Submucosal
    • 100 million neurons! (as many as the spinal cord)
  • Autonomic input: speeds or slows the system
    • Parasympathetic
      • Stimulates digestive functions
    • Sympathetic
      • Inhibits digestion
  • Largely automatic
review of some definitions
Review of some definitions….
  • Peritoneum: serous membranes of the abdominopelvic cavity
  • Visceral peritoneum: covers external surfaces of most digestive organs
  • Parietal peritoneum: lines body wall
  • Peritoneal cavity: slit-like potential space between visceral and parietal peritoneum
    • Serous fluid – lubricating
new definitions
New definitions
  • Mesentery
    • Double layer of peritoneum
    • Extends to digestive organs from body wall
    • Hold organs in place
    • Sites of fat storage
    • Route by which circulatory vessels and nerves reach organs
    • Most are dorsal
      • Extend dorsally from gut to posterior abdominal wall
    • Ventral mesentery – from stomach and liver to anterior abdominal wall
    • Some mesenteries are called “ligaments” though not technically such
  • Note dorsal, ventral and formation of retroperitoneal position
  • Two ventral mesenteries
    • Falciform “ligament”
      • Binds anterior aspect of liver to anterior abdominal wall and diaphragm
    • Lesser omentum (=“fatty skin”) – see diagram*
  • All other mesenteries are dorsal (posterior)


mesenteries continued all these are dorsal
Mesenteries continued (all these are dorsal)
  • Greater omentum
    • Connects stomach to posterior abdominal wall – very roundabout
    • Wraps around spleen: gastrosplenic ligament
    • Continues dorsally as splenorenal ligament
    • A lot of fat
    • Limits spread of infection by wrapping around inflamed e.g. appendix
  • “Mesentery” or mesentery proper
    • Supports long coils of jejunum and ileum (parts of small intestine)
  • Transverse mesocolon
    • Transverse colon held to posterior abdominal wall
    • Nearly horizontal sheet fused to underside of greater omentum
  • Sigmoid mesocolon
    • Connects sigmoid colon to posterior abdominal wall

see next slides for pics…

Note: greater omentum, lesser omentum, falciform ligament, transverse mesocolon, mesentery, sigmoid mesocolon
some organs are retroperitoneal
Some organs are “retroperitoneal”
  • Are “behind the peritoneum”
  • Fused to posterior (dorsal) abdominal wall
  • Lack a mesentery
  • Include:
    • Most of duodenum (1st part of small intestine)
    • Ascending colon
    • Descending colon
    • Rectum
    • Pancreas
  • Tend to cause back pain, instead of abdominal pain

(This is as opposed to the organs which are intraperitoneal,

or just “peritoneal”)


The Mouth

  • Mouth = oral cavity
    • Lining: thick stratified squamous epithelium
  • Lips- orbicularis oris muscle
  • Cheeks – buccinator muscle
“Vermillion border” or red border
    • Between highly keratinized skin of face and mucosa of mouth
    • Needs moisture
  • Note frenulums (folds of mucosa)
  • Palate – roof of mouth
    • Hard plate anteriorly
    • Soft palate posterioly
  • Uvula
  • Mostly muscles
    • Grip and reposition food
    • Forms “bolus” of food (lump)
    • Help in swallowing
    • Speech – help form some consonants
  • Note frenulum on previous slide: can be too tight
  • Taste buds contained by circumvallate and fungiform papillae
  • Lingual tonsil – back of tongue
  • Called “dentition” (like dentist)
  • Teeth live in sockets (alveoli) in the gum-covered margins of the mandible and maxilla
  • Chewing: raising and lowering the mandible and moving it from side to side while tongue positions food between teeth
  • Two sets
    • Primary or deciduous
      • “Baby” teeth
      • Start at 6 months
      • 20 are out by about 2 years
      • Fall out between 2-6 years
    • Permanent: 32 total
      • All but 3rd set of molars by end of adolescence
      • 3rd set = “wisdom teeth”
        • Variable
    • Some can be “impacted” (imbedded in bone)
teeth are classified according to shape and function
Teeth are classified according to shape and function
  • Incisors: chisel-shaped for chopping off pieces
  • Canines: cone shaped to tear and pierce
  • Premolars (bicuspids) and
  • Molars - broad crowns with 4-5 rounded cusps for grinding





Cusps are surface bumps

tooth structure
Tooth structure
  • Two main regions
    • Crown (exposed)
    • Root (in socket)
    • Meet at neck
  • Enamel
    • 99% calcium crystals
    • Hardest substance in body
  • Dentin – bulk of the tooth (bone-like but harder than bone, with collagen and mineral)
  • Pulp cavity with vessels and nerves
    • Root canal: the part of the pulp in the root




tooth structure29
Tooth structure
  • Cementum – bone layer of tooth root
    • Attaches tooth to periodontal ligament
  • Periodontal ligament
    • Anchors tooth in boney socket of the jaw
    • Continuous with gingiva (gums)
  • Cavities or caries - rot
  • Plaque – film of sugar, bacteria and debris




salivary glands tuboalveolar glands
Salivary glands(tuboalveolar glands)
  • Intrinsic salivary glands – within mucosa
    • Secrete saliva all the time to keep mouth moist
  • Extrinsic salivary glands
    • Paired (2 each)
      • Parotid
      • Submandibular
      • Sublingual
    • External to mouth
    • Ducts to mouth
    • Secrete saliva only right before or during eating

Saliva: mixture of water, ions, mucus, enzymes

keep mouth moist

dissolves food so can be tasted

moistens food

starts enzymatic digestion

buffers acid

antibacterial and antiviral

extrinsic salivary glands
Extrinsic salivary glands
  • Parotids* - largest (think mumps)
    • Facial nerve branch at risk during surgery here
  • Submandibular # - medial surface mandible
  • Sublingual + - under tongue; floor of mouth



Compound = duct branches

Tubo = tubes

Alveolar = sacs




  • Oropharynx and laryngopharynx
    • Stratified squamous epithelium
  • Three constrictor muscles*
    • Sequentially squeeze bolus of food into esophagus
    • Are skeletal muscles
      • Voluntary action
      • Vagus nerve (X)





  • Continuation of pharynx in mid neck
  • Muscular tube collapsed when lumen empty
  • Descends through thorax
    • On anterior surface of vertebral column
    • Behind (posterior to) trachea



esophagus continued
Esophagus continued
  • Passes through “esophageal hiatus” in the diaphragm to enter the abdomen
  • Abdominal part only 2 cm long
  • Joins stomach at cardiac orifice*
    • Cardiac sphincter at cardiac orifice to prevent regurgitation (food coming back up into esophagus)
    • Gastroesophageal junction and GERD

___________________esophageal hiatus

(hiatus means opening)


contains all 4 layers see right

Microscopic anatomy of esophagus

Contains all 4 layers (see right)
  • Epithelium: nonkeratinized stratified squamous epithelium
    • At GE junction – thin simple columnar epithelium
  • Mucus glands in wall
  • Muscle (muscularis externa) changes as it goes down
    • Superior 1/3 of esophagus: skeletal muscle (like pharynx)
    • Middle 1/3 mixture of skeletal and smooth muscle
    • Inferior 1/3 smooth muscle (as in stomach and intestines)
  • When empty, mucosa and submucosa lie in longitudinal folds
  • J-shaped; widest part of alimentary canal
  • Temporary storage and mixing – 4 hours
    • Into “chyme”
  • Starts food breakdown
    • Pepsin (protein-digesting enzyme needing acid environment)
    • HCl (hydrochloric acid) helps kill bacteria
    • Stomach tolerates high acid content but esophagus doesn’t – why it hurts so much when stomach contents refluxes into esophagus (heartburn; GERD)
  • Most nutrients wait until get to small intestine to be absorbed; exceptions are:
    • Water, electrolytes, some drugs like aspirin and alcohol (absorbed through stomach)


  • Lies mostly in LUQ
    • But pain can be epigastric or lower
  • Just inferior to (below) diaphragm
  • Anterior (in front of) spleen and pancreas
  • Tucked under left lower margin of liver
  • Anchored at both ends but mobile in between
  • Main regions in drawing to right--------------------------------
  • Capacity: 1.5 L food; max capacity 4L (1 gallon)


junction with esophagus

contains pyloric sphincter

funnel shaped

stomach regions
Stomach Regions
  • Cardiac region
  • Fundus (dome shaped)
  • Body
    • Greater curvature
    • Lesser curvature
  • Pyloric region
    • Antrum
    • Canal
    • Sphincter


junction with esophagus

contains pyloric sphincter

funnel shaped

Rugae: longitudinal folds on internal surface (helps distensibility)
  • Muscularis: additional innermost oblique layer (along with circular and longitudinal layers)
histology of stomach
Histology of stomach
  • Simple columnar epithelium: secrete bicarbonate-buffered mucus
  • Gastric pits opening into gastric glands
    • Mucus neck cells
    • Parietal cells
      • HCL
      • Intrinsic factor (for B12 absorption)
    • Chief cells
      • Pepsinogen (activated to pepsin with HCL)
      • Stimulated by gastrin: a stomach hormone
small intestine
Small intestine
  • Longest part of alimentary canal (2.7-5 m)
  • Most enzymatic digestion occurs here
    • Most enzymes secreted by pancreas, not small intestine
  • Almost all absorption of nutrients
  • 3-6 hour process
  • Runs from pyloric sphincter

to RLQ

Small intestine___________


Blood supply: superior mesenteric artery;

Veins drain into hepatic portal vein

  • Small intestine has 3 subdivisions
    • Duodenum – 5% of length
    • Jejunum – almost 40%
    • Ileum – almost 60%

Duodenum is retroperitoneal (stuck down under peritoneum); others are loose

Duodenum receives

bile from liver and gallbladder via bile duct*

enzymes from pancreas via main pancreatic duct*



Small intestine designed for absorption
    • Huge surface area because of great length
    • Structural modifications also increase absorptive area
      • Circular folds (plicae circulares)
      • Villi (fingerlike projections) 1 mm high – simple columnar epithelium: velvety
      • Microvilli

Absorptivie cell with microvilli to increase surface area & many mitochondria: nutrient uptake is energy-demanding


Lacteal*: network of blood and lymph capillaries

-Carbs and proteins into blood to liver via hepatic portal vein

-Fat into lymph: fat-soluble toxins e.g. pesticides circulate systemically before going to liver for detoxification

Intestinal crypts* (of Lieberkuhn) inbetween villi
    • Cells here divide every 3-6 days to renew epithelium (most rapidly dividing cells of the body)
    • Secrete watery intestinal juice which mixes with chyme (the paste that food becomes after stomach churns it)
  • Intestinal flora – the permanent normal bacteria
    • Manufacture some vitamins, e.g. K, which get absorbed

-have many mitochondria: nutrient uptake is energy-demanding

Duodenal glands*


  • Mucus to counteract acidity from stomach
  • Hormones:
  • Cholecystokinin (stimulates GB to release stored bile, also pancreas)
  • Secretin (stimulates pancreatic ducts to release acid neutralizer)


-produce mucus

large intestine
Large intestine

Digested residue reaches it

Main function: to absorb water and electrolytes






Anal canal

three special features
Three special features
  • Teniae coli (3 longitudinal muscle strips)
  • Haustra (puckering into sacs)
  • Epiploic appendages (omental or fat pouches)





Colon has segments: ascending, transverse and descending colon; then sigmoid colon

Right angle turns: hepatic flexure* in RUQ and splenic flexure* in LUQ



Between ileum and cecum


1st part

Blind tube

Movement sluggish and weak except for a few “mass peristaltic movements” per day to force feces toward rectum powerfully

    • In pelvis
    • No teniae
    • Strong longitudinal muscle layer
    • Has valves
  • Anal canal
    • Pectinate line*
      • Inferior to it: sensitive to pain
    • Hemorrhoids (enlarged veins)
      • Superior to pectinate line: internal
      • Inferior to pectinate line: external
    • Sphincters (close opening)
      • Internal*
        • smooth muscle
        • involuntary
      • External*
        • skeletal muscle
        • voluntary




    • Triggered by stretching of wall, mediated by spinal cord parasympathetic reflex
    • Stimulates contraction of smooth muscle in wall and relaxation of internal anal sphincter
    • If convenient to defecate voluntary motor neurons stimulate relaxation of external anal sphincter

(aided by diaphragm and abdominal wall muscles -called Valsalva maneuver)

histology large intestine
Histology – large intestine
  • No villi
    • Fewer nutrients absorbed
  • “Columnar cells” in pic = absorptive cells
    • Take in water and electrolytes
  • A lot of goblet cells for mucus
    • Lubricates stool
  • More lymphoid tissue
    • A lot of bacteria in stool
the liver
The Liver
  • Largest gland in the body (about 3 pounds)
  • Over 500 functions
  • Inferior to diaphragm in RUQ and epigastric area protected by ribs
  • R and L lobes
    • Plus 2 smaller lobes
  • Falciform ligament
    • Mesentery binding liver to anterior abdominal wall
  • 2 surfaces
    • Diaphragmatic
    • Visceral
  • Covered by peritoneum
    • Except “bare area” fused to diaphragm


  • Fissure on visceral surface
  • Porta hepatis: major vessels and nerves
    • enter and leave - see pics
    • Ligamentum teres: remnant of umbilical vein in fetus, attaches to navel – see next slide


fetal circulation
Fetal circulation

Ligamentum teres__________


Umbilical vein


just some of the liver s repertoire
Just some of the liver’s repertoire
  • Produces bile
  • Picks up glucose from blood
  • Stores glucose as glycogen
  • Processes fats and amino acids
  • Stores some vitamins
  • Detoxifies poisons and drugs
  • Makes the blood proteins
liver histology
Liver histology
  • Liver lobules (about one million of them)
    • Hexagonal solid made of sheets of hepatocytes (liver cells) around a central vein
    • Corners of lobules have “portal triads”

(see next pic)

Portal triad
    • Portal arteriole
    • Portal venule
      • Branch of hepatic portal vein
      • Delivers substances from intestines for processing by hepatocytes
    • Bile duct
      • Carries bile away
  • Liver sinusoids
    • Large capillaries between plates of hepatocytes
    • Contribute to central vein and ultimately to hepatic veins and IVC
  • Kupffercells
    • Liver macrophages
    • Old blood cells and microorganisms removed
hepatocytes liver cells
Hepatocytes (liver cells)
  • Many organelles
    • Rough ER – manufactures blood proteins
    • Smooth ER – help produce bile salts and detoxifies blood-borne poisons
    • Peroxisomes – detoxify other poisons, including alcohol
    • Golgi apparatus – packages
    • Mitochondria – a lot of energy needed for all this
    • Glycosomes - role in storing sugar and regulation of blood glucose (sugar) levels
  • Produce 500-1000 ml bile each day
    • Secrete into bile canaliculi (little channels) then ducts
  • Regeneration capacity through liver stem cells
  • Bile is produced in the liver
  • Bile is stored in the gallbladder
  • Bile is excreted into the duodenum when needed (fatty meal)
  • Bile helps dissolve fat and cholesterol
  • If bile salts crystallize, gall stones are formed
    • Intermittent pain: ball valve effect causing intermittent obstruction
    • Or infection and a lot of pain, fever, vomiting, etc.


pancreas exocrine and endocrine

Lies in LUQ kind of behind stomach

Is retroperitoneal

Has a head, body and tail

Head is in C-shaped curve of duodenum

Tail extends left to touch spleen

Main pancreatic duct runs thelength of the pancreas, joins bile duct

Pancreas(exocrine and endocrine)
pancreatic exocrine function

one acinus

Pancreaticexocrine function
  • Compound acinar (sac-like) glands opening into large ducts (therefore exocrine)
  • Acinar cells make 22 kinds of enzymes
    • Stored in zymogen granules
    • Grape-like arrangement
  • Enzymes to duodenum, where activated
pancreatic endocrine function hormones released into blood
Pancreatic endocrine function(hormones released into blood)
  • Islets of Langerhans (AKA “islet cells”) are the hormone secreting cells
  • Insulin (from beta cells)
    • Lowers blood glucose (sugar)
  • Glucagon (from from alpha cells)
    • Raises blood glucose (sugar)

(more later)