A 74-year-old female asked:
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mom's caregivers saw a bulge on right upper abdomen. urgent care doctor didn't see but found hiatal hernia on ct scan. could hernia cause the bulge?

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience Infectious Disease
Hiatal hernia: This is a condition in which part of the stomach pushes up through the diaphragm muscle into the thoracic cavity. You can not see this unless you have xray vision. Many people have this, and the most common type is a sliding form.
Answered on Jun 12, 2015
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Dr. Mark Dickson
22 years experience General Surgery
No: You cannot see a hiatal hernia from the outside.
Answered on Jun 10, 2015
Dr. Dimitri Novitzky
51 years experience Thoracic Surgery
No: A Hiatal hernia is posterior, not anterior. Therefore is not a hiatal hernia
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
49 years experience Trauma Surgery
No: Have Mom Seen by a gen. surgeon who has probably more experience in examination of the abdomine. abd wall eventration would not show up on CT and is probably benign
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
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Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No : A hiatal hernia would not be visible externally like that. The good thing about her having the CT scan though, is that it would rule out many potentially pathological conditions in that area.
Answered on Mar 12, 2020
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