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Most definitive way to diagnose hiatal hernia, barium swallow or endoscopy?

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Dr. Stephen Archer
Bariatrics 30 years experience
Good question: The tests are useful in different ways. A hiatal hernia can diagnosed with either test and very reliably. The egd allows for a biopsy. The UGI allows for an evaluation of the function of the esophagus as well as visualizing actual episodes of reflux.

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Last updated May 30, 2016

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