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.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology