While most patients do not feel pain until there are complications, screening for paraesophageal hernia includes a variety of diagnostic tests for the patients who do experience symptoms.
In many cases, the patient can live with a paraesophageal hernia without knowing it, but once the stomach becomes strangled by the hiatus, patients usually need to have testing for paraesophageal hernia to be diagnosed and treated quickly.
After reviewing the symptoms and medical history, a doctor may perform one or more of these diagnostic tests to determine the cause of the pain:
- Physical Exam—This can include feeling the hernia while asking the patient to cough
- Barium swallow—the patient drinks a chalky liquid to add definition to the X-ray
- Endoscopy—a small tube instrument with a camera on the end is inserted through the mouth
For patients with symptoms of paraesophageal hernia, Florida Hospital physicians can diagnose your pain and provide the best treatment for your condition. Don’t wait until complications arise to seek help.