Gastric folds

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Gastric folds
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Latin plicae gastricae
TA A05.5.01.028
FMA 75653
Anatomical terminology

The gastric folds (or gastric rugae) may be seen during esophagogastroduodenoscopy or in radiological studies. They provide the stomach with increased surface area for nutrient absorption.[citation needed] When food enters the stomach, these folds stretch outward. This allows the stomach to expand, therefore increasing the volume of the stomach without increasing pressure.