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A 49-year-old female asked:

I had small sliding hiatal hernia 4/12. 3/27/13 i was hit from behind in car accident with seatbelt on 4/2/13 had gastric bypass surgery; found large paraesophageal hernia.can the accident cause this?

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Dr. John Tang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
Hiatal hernia: It is possible that the accident can cause this. However, one can have a spontaneous hernia as well. I would make your surgeon aware and have your surgeon follow this closely.
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Dr. Michael Naylor
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Unlikely: I think it is unlikely that the accident caused this but not impossible.
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Dr. Stephen Jarrard
General Surgery 23 years experience
Possible: Your accident with seat belt could have increased pressure in your abdomen causing more of stomach to herniate up into chest. So, yes, it is a consideration.
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Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 33 years experience
It is possible: It is possible, but difficult to know 100%. It would be helpful to know how large the hernia was at the time if you gastric bypass, something your surgeon would know. You should see your surgeon anyway to help guide you on what to do about the paraesophageal hernia. Hope this helps!
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Dr. Michael Sawyer
General Surgery 38 years experience
Possibly: Temporally, the symptoms that you describe occurring shortly after the accident are consistent with a paraesophageal hiatal hernia. The only way to add more evidence to that would be if there are CT scans or other films, or an endoscopic report that document the presence of a paraesophageal hernia a that time.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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