QUESTION & ANSWER
Q: How do doctors diagnose hiatal hernia?

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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

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