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What are the tests for hiatal hernia?

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In brief: Doctor evaluation

The best "tests" are an evaluation and answering questions of possible symptoms by your doctor, such as food reflux into the throat, heartburn, feeling of food sticking when swallowed.
Simple chest x-ray can be done, sometimes a ct scan, and likely best is a referral to a gastroenterologist for possible endoscopy procedure.

In brief: Doctor evaluation

The best "tests" are an evaluation and answering questions of possible symptoms by your doctor, such as food reflux into the throat, heartburn, feeling of food sticking when swallowed.
Simple chest x-ray can be done, sometimes a ct scan, and likely best is a referral to a gastroenterologist for possible endoscopy procedure.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. David Earle
An upper GI contrast study (esophagram, barium swallow, etc,) may also be done.
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In brief: UGI or EGD

The best way would be to perform an upper endoscopy or an upper GI series.
A ct scan may pick it up if it's large enough but wouldn't be the first test of choice. 75% of hiatal hernias are asymptomatic, the other 25% may have symptoms such as reflux. These generally don't cause pain nor is there any type of bulge or mass appreciated by the patient as commonly believed.

In brief: UGI or EGD

The best way would be to perform an upper endoscopy or an upper GI series.
A ct scan may pick it up if it's large enough but wouldn't be the first test of choice. 75% of hiatal hernias are asymptomatic, the other 25% may have symptoms such as reflux. These generally don't cause pain nor is there any type of bulge or mass appreciated by the patient as commonly believed.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
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In brief: See your doctor

Your doctor can see you and review your symptoms such as heartburn, esophagitis, food reflux into the throat, feeling of food sticking when swallowing.
Your doctor can determine if you need testing such as a simple chest x-ray. Sometimes a ct scan is used. Sometimes a referral to a gastroenterology specialist is considered for an endoscopy procedure.

In brief: See your doctor

Your doctor can see you and review your symptoms such as heartburn, esophagitis, food reflux into the throat, feeling of food sticking when swallowing.
Your doctor can determine if you need testing such as a simple chest x-ray. Sometimes a ct scan is used. Sometimes a referral to a gastroenterology specialist is considered for an endoscopy procedure.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Endoscopy and a barium upper GI are both excellent test for hiatal hernia.
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