QUESTION & ANSWER
How do doctors diagnose hiatal hernia?
Doctors will often discover a hiatal hernia during a physical exam for heartburn or pain in the upper abdomen. If a doctor suspects hiatal hernia, X-rays with barium contrast and upper endoscopy help diagnose it. Related hiatal hernia tests are:
- Esophageal manometry
- pH test to check acidity in the esophagus
- Gastric emptying study