Hernia Tests

There are various types of hernia, of which the most common are inguinal hernia, Hiatal hernia and umbilical hernia.

Hiatal Hernia Tests

In case of Hiatal hernia, if you visit your physician with symptoms like heartburn, heat, warmth and a burning sensation, he will probably diagnose sliding Hiatal hernia and he will also wish to conduct a few hernia tests to back up his suspicion and diagnosis with concrete proof.

Hiatal hernia and GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease share similar symptoms and are often found to occur together. Naturally your physician will opt for a few more specific tests to pinpoint and narrow down the exact cause and to diagnose the condition properly.

Tests for Hiatal Hernia

Upper gastrointestinal series of tests are conducted to examine and culture selective portions of the digestive tract – usually the topmost part and a portion of the middle part.

You will be made to swallow a water and barium shake. As the chalky barium passes down the esophagus to the stomach and then to the duodenum or first section of the small intestine, the whole journey will be scanned through X rays and fluoroscopy. A video monitor will be attached to the whole thing.

Another test that is conducted to take a peek into the interior lining of the duodenum, stomach and esophagus is upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. Endoscope is a flexible and very thin instrument that is used for imaging (with fiber optic light) and diagnosing Hiatal hernia.

However when the hernia condition becomes very obvious and the doctor can diagnose hernia on his own, he wont conduct the tests.

Inguinal Hernia Tests

Inguinal hernia in the intestine causes severe pain and as such doesn’t require any novel test to diagnose the condition except a basic physical examination of that region of the body, where the patient has to strain or cough in order to make the hernia protrude out.