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Barium Swallow Pictures

X-ray images after a barium swallow showing a normal esophagus and an esophagus with a hiatal hernia

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho. All rights reserved.

Figure 1 shows the lower end of a normal esophagus with a smooth connection between the lower esophagus and stomach. Figure 2 shows the lower end of the esophagus with a small hiatal hernia, which occurs when a small portion of the stomach pushes up into the chest.

Current as of: June 17, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Jerome B. Simon MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology