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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.
Last Revised: March 7, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology
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