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How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: X-RAY, Endoscopy,etc

A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter the abdominal cavity.
This commonly leads to the stomach "yo-yo-ing" up into the chest, which may cause gerd (reflux). This can be seen by ct scan and by upper endoscopy.

In brief: X-RAY, Endoscopy,etc

A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter the abdominal cavity.
This commonly leads to the stomach "yo-yo-ing" up into the chest, which may cause gerd (reflux). This can be seen by ct scan and by upper endoscopy.
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Dr. Stephen Kim
Surgery - Pediatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: Contrast study

Usually symptoms of reflux (heartburn) prompts evaluation.
Upper GI contrast study and upper endoscopy are the typical methods to diagnose a hiatal hernia.

In brief: Contrast study

Usually symptoms of reflux (heartburn) prompts evaluation.
Upper GI contrast study and upper endoscopy are the typical methods to diagnose a hiatal hernia.
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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics
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In brief: Hiatal hernia

Upper GI x-ray and an EGD.
The EGD is done by a gastroenterologist. Very common tests which can usually make the diagnosis of a hiatal hernia.

In brief: Hiatal hernia

Upper GI x-ray and an EGD.
The EGD is done by a gastroenterologist. Very common tests which can usually make the diagnosis of a hiatal hernia.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
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Dr. Zeenat Hasan
Bariatrics

In brief: By EGD, UGI, or CT

Usually hiatal hernias cause some symptoms that prompt an EGD (endoscopy) which visualizes the hernia.
An upper GI study (UGI) involves x-rays taken as you drink contrast. Or sometimes they are picked up incidentally on a CT performed for a different reason. If you don't have symptoms related to the hernia, then surgery may not be necessary.

In brief: By EGD, UGI, or CT

Usually hiatal hernias cause some symptoms that prompt an EGD (endoscopy) which visualizes the hernia.
An upper GI study (UGI) involves x-rays taken as you drink contrast. Or sometimes they are picked up incidentally on a CT performed for a different reason. If you don't have symptoms related to the hernia, then surgery may not be necessary.
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