The stomach functions as a reservoir. It is a large, hollow organ and holds the food we eat. It secretes acid and some digestive enzymes which help begin the processes of digestion. It also acts as a churn to mix up food so that when the food is released through the valve at the end of the stomach (called the pylorus), it is in a liquid or semi-liquid form ready to be digested and absorbed by the small intestine.
Disorders of The Stomach
Diagnosing Stomach Disorders
Your physician may wish to investigate a problem with your stomach by performing one of the following procedures: