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Possible hiatal hernia - how can one tell without an X-ray or some procedure?
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In brief: Hiatal hernia
This cannot be felt on physical exam so some sort of test is needed to diagnose, ex: x-ray swallow or upper GI endoscopy.
This should be diagnosed and properly treated because symptoms of hh are similar to other much more dangerous conditions, such as malignancy.

In brief: Hiatal hernia
This cannot be felt on physical exam so some sort of test is needed to diagnose, ex: x-ray swallow or upper GI endoscopy.
This should be diagnosed and properly treated because symptoms of hh are similar to other much more dangerous conditions, such as malignancy.
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
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Dr. Scott Grover
Some very large ones can also be seen on chest x-ray, but a swallow test or upper endoscopy is best
Dr. Addagada Rao
Agree Para-esophageal hernia will seen on chest X ray needs immediate attention for fear of stangulation
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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In brief: Impossible
A hiatal hernia can cause reflux, heartburn, difficulty breathing(if large) after eating.
The problem is that all these and other symptoms can be caused by othe conditions. The only way to know for sure is through a barium swallow and or endoscopy.

In brief: Impossible
A hiatal hernia can cause reflux, heartburn, difficulty breathing(if large) after eating.
The problem is that all these and other symptoms can be caused by othe conditions. The only way to know for sure is through a barium swallow and or endoscopy.
Dr. Rafael Lugo
Dr. Rafael Lugo
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