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Transesophageal two-dimensional echocardiographic identification of hiatal hernia.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Echocardiography (Mount Kisco, N.Y.)
Publication Date
Volume
22
Issue
6
Pages
533–535
Identifiers
PMID: 15966940
Source
Medline
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Abstract

We report a case of a middle-aged woman in whom a transesophageal echocardiogram showed a mass-like lesion posteriorly near the descending thoracic aorta. We were able to make a definitive diagnosis of this mass as a hiatal hernia because of a thick inner lining measuring 6-9 mm in thickness similar to the stomach mucosa, and the presence of a few microbubbles within the mass. In addition, the microbubbles increased considerably after 10 cc of agitated normal saline flush via a nasogastric tube.

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