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What are the usual symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Heartburn: Not all hiatal hernias are symptomatic, but can explain symptoms if present. Commonly have heartburn, sore throat in morning, maybe even chest pain (from esophagus). Gerd (reflux disease) may even make asthma worse. See your doctor. Treatment usually starts with acid-reducing meds, with further studies like endoscopy or radiograph ordered at your doctor's discretion.
Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Heartburn and pain.: Most people with a hiatal hernia also have reflux, which causes heartburn. Hh can also give you pain, right behind your breastbone.
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
None: Most hiatal hernias are small, and cause no symptoms. While many people can have heartburn and regurgitation, the her is may be unrelated. Large hernias (paraesophageal), can cause chest pain, anemia, feeling full after small amounts, difficulty swallowing with the sensation food is stuck in chest. Upper GI contrast study and/or endoscopy may help make diagnosis. Hope this helps!

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