Full Question: I had an MRI early last week and received a call from my doctor today with the results. Since I was on my way to work at the time, I wasn't able to write down the exact phrase he used. What he told me surprised me - he said everything looked normal, but that the MRI showed a small hernia at the back of my brain that was putting pressure on my spinal cord. I'm planning to make an appointment with a neurosurgeon as soon as the weekend is over. I was hoping for any insight you could offer as to what I might expect from this process, as well as information on what might've caused the hernia (my doctor didn't mention anything as a cause for it). Christy. Answer: Dear Christy; Your physician may be referring to something called an Arnold-Chiari malformation. These can be associated with headaches or not at all. Causes included being born with it or trauma, as in brain injury. I've seen a number of case who had surgery and still had the head...
Alternative Names Hernia - hiatal Symptoms Chest pain Heartburn , worse when bending over or lying down Swallowing difficulty A hiatal hernia by itself rarely causes symptoms -- pain and discomfort are usually due to the reflux of gastric acid, air, or bile. Reflux happens more easily when there is a hiatal hernia, although a hiatal hernia is not the only cause of reflux. Signs and tests Barium swallow x-ray Esophagogastroduodenoscopy ( EGD )
Alternative Names Femorocele; Enteromerocele; Crural hernia Symptoms You may see a bulge in the upper thigh next to the groin. Most femoral hernias cause no symptoms. There may be some groin discomfort that is worse when you stand, lift heavy objects, or strain. Sometimes, the first symptoms are abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. This may mean that the intestine is blocked, which is an emergency. Signs and tests The best way to tell if there is a hernia is to have your health care provider perform a physical exam. If there is any doubt about the exam findings, an ultrasound or CT scan may be helpful.
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