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A 32-year-old member asked:

Does hiatal hernia cause diarrhea and weight loss?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. You Sung Sang
Gastroenterology 31 years experience
Should not: A hiatal hernia is just a loosening of the diaphragm allowing part of the stomach to slip up into the chest thereby allowing easier acid reflux to occur into the esophagus.
Dr. David Earle
General Surgery 31 years experience
Variable: When large, hiatal hernias can cause chest pain and pressure, and difficulty swallows which could reduce food intake and lead to weight loss. If the colon was also involved with the hiatal hernia, bowel movements could be affected, but this is uncommon.
Dr. Jack Bergstein
General Surgery 39 years experience
You should sr e a doctor, especially if you have lost more than 10 pounds.
Mar 17, 2013

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A 63-year-old male asked:

Can weight loss improve a hiatal hernia?

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Dr. Sathya Jaganmohan
Gastroenterology 21 years experience
Hiatal hernia: Yes. Theoretically weight loss decreases intraabdominal fat and reduces pressure and reflux symptoms and may modify the hiatal hernia. Improvement in muscle tone in the abdomen is also a factor.

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