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what is a hiatal hernia

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Hole in diaphragm: The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest- from the abdominal cavity. Many structures have to go thru the diaphragm in order to enter into ... Read More
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Dr. Scott Grover
25 years experience General Surgery
Enlarged hiatus: A hiatal hernia is a hernia through the diaphragm. The natural opening where the esophagus comes through the diaphragm enlarges. Sometimes it gets b ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Sawyer
35 years experience General Surgery
See below: The esophageal hiatus is an anatomical feature traversed by the esophagus on its way from the chest to the abdomen. When muscles and ligaments that de ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Hiatal hernia: Is herniation, or protrusion, of a portion of stomach (which is normally in the abdomen) into the chest through the esophageal hiatus, thus "hiatal" h ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Upper abdomen: Hiatal hernia is a bulge of the upper stomach into the chest region. It occurs through the hiatus in the diaphragm muscle, through the passage space f ... Read More
Dr. Debashish Bose
18 years experience General Surgery
Diaphragm: A hiatal hernia occurs at the spot where the esophagus goes through the diaphragm, a thin muscle that separates the abdomen and chest cavities. When t ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Hiatal hernia can lead to:: Esophageal cancer, Gastroesophageal reflux disease, Mallory Weiss tear, Heartburn, Upset stomach, Esophagitis.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sawyer
35 years experience General Surgery
Surgical repair: Significant regurgitation or frank vomiting due to a hiatal hernia usually does not respond well to acid reducing drugs or other medications. These ki ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brett Kalmowitz
21 years experience Gastroenterology
Sliding stomach: A hiatal hernia is not uncommon. The simplest type occurs when the stomach slides up and down across the diaphragm into the chest cavity (thoracic spa ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Lublin
24 years experience General Surgery
Hernia in diaphragm: A hiatal hernia is a hernia in the diaphragm. The diaphragm is a muscle separating your chest from your abdomen. There is a natural hole where your es ... Read More
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Dr. David Earle
30 years experience General Surgery
Stretched diaphragm : There is normally a hole in the diaphragm through which passes the esophagus. The diaphragm separates the abdominal and chest cavities, and the chest ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Unknown: The hiatus is the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to go from the chest to the abdominal cavity. A hiatal hernia i ... Read More
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Dr. James Lin
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Maybe, depend....: Pulmonary function may be affected leading to dyspnea if hiatal hernia is large enough to impair lung expansion at inspiration, especially in someone ... Read More

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