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: December 8, 2019

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