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Had endoscopy. Hiatal hernia found along with 8mm nodule. Doc wanted me to do ultrasound but his biopsy came in, was negative. Do I need the ultrasoun?

Had endoscopy. Hiatal hernia found along with 8mm nodule. Doc wanted me to do ultrasound but his biopsy came in, was negative. Do I need the ultrasoun?

Probably...: There are multiple layers to the GI tract, but endoscopic biopsies may not be deep enough to reach a nodule that originates below the surface (e.g. sub-mucosal). Especially if there is clinical concern as to the size, extent, appearance of your nodule, then you are well advised to proceed with the follow-up testing your doctor recommends. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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Had endoscopy Fri, hiatal hernia & 2 minor errosions. Biopsies 2 check 4 Barrett's. I'm on Prevacid (lansoprazole) 30 mg, constant acid since endo. What do I do?

Had endoscopy Fri, hiatal hernia & 2 minor errosions. Biopsies 2 check 4 Barrett's. I'm on Prevacid (lansoprazole) 30 mg, constant acid since endo. What do I do?

Be patient: I know it is tough but give your doctor time to get all the results and then call you back for your understanding and subsequent treatment. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed by endoscopy with hiatal hernia, GERD, and erosive gastritis. Would any of these cause pain in the left side waist/flank area?

I was just diagnosed by endoscopy with hiatal hernia, GERD, and erosive gastritis. Would any of these cause pain in the left side waist/flank area?

No: These would not typically cause flank pain. If you are flexing your trunk muscles in response to your GERD symptoms, you may have some muscle stain, but that's as close as it gets. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Pain in right middle back by spine, 1 inch below shoulder blade. Swallowing food or drink seems to irritate it. Endoscopy only hiatal hernia. Ideas?

Pain in right middle back by spine, 1 inch below shoulder blade. Swallowing food or drink seems to irritate it. Endoscopy only hiatal hernia. Ideas?

Could be esophagus: You could have an esophageal motility disorder such as spasm that is causing symptoms. It is also possible to have gallbladder problems, that sounds a bit less likely. The hiatal hernia should only be a problem if it is large. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can an endoscopy pick up a hiatal hernia when a upper GI study does not?

Can an endoscopy pick up a hiatal hernia when a upper GI study does not?

Unlikely : An UGI interpreted by a qualified radiologist is even more sensitive at identifying a small hiatal hernia than an egd. ...Read more

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Can a endoscopy determine if some has a hiatal hernia??

Can a endoscopy determine if some has a hiatal hernia??

Yes it can: An upper endoscopy, or EGD, is one of two ways to find a hiatal hernia. The other way is a xray with swallowed contrast fluid, a barium swallow or upper GI study. The xray is easier to do but the endoscopy gives a very detailed look at the stomach and is less likely to miss a hiatal hernia--when performed by an experienced physician. The procedure usually takes about 10 minutes to perform. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Endoscopy (Definition)

Endoscopy broadly refers to the direct visualization of the intestinal tract by way of a flexible, fiberoptic scope. Generally, the term is used to describe evaluation of the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper endoscopy), or the ...Read more