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Does hiatal hernia cause diarrhea and weight loss?

Does hiatal hernia cause diarrhea and weight loss?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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I'm into my 6 months after my hiatal hernia operation - is excess gas and always having diarrhea common? It is rather hard to involve myself with ...

I'm into my 6 months after my hiatal hernia operation - is excess gas and always having diarrhea common?  It is rather hard to involve myself with ...

Not likely. You need: ...to see your surgeon again. If s/he doesn't think that this is related to the surgical Procedure, you should see a gastroenterologist. I'm going to complete your thought with an educated guess. If the problem is interfering with life activities, it's definitely time to seek treatment. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Is it normal to have daily diarrhea after hiatal hernia surgery and on a pureed diet?

Is it normal to have daily diarrhea after hiatal hernia surgery and on a pureed diet?

Not normal.: C.difficile enterocolitis is a possibility. Often peri-operative antibiotics adversely affect the bacterial content of the colon resulting in an overgrowth of a bug called clostridium difficile. This causes inflammationc of the colon lining with resultant severe diarrhea. Stool culture is needed to make confirm the diagnosis. But if diagnostic tests are positive, vancomycin and/or Flagyl is used. ...Read more

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24 y/o f. Severe abdo pain that wraps around/through to back, nausea, vomiting, severe diarrhea. Can't keep food down. Have hiatal hernia.

24 y/o f. Severe abdo pain that wraps around/through to back, nausea, vomiting, severe diarrhea. Can't keep food down. Have hiatal hernia.

Many issues: Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. The doctors in the Emergence facility will decide if you can be cared for in the Emergency facility or whether you should be admitted to the hospital. Hope all goes well - please keep me informed. ...Read more

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3 months post op. Nissen/laprascopic, robotic, hiatal hernia repair. Recently experiencing painful, debilitating gas& diarrhea. Is this normal?

3 months post op. Nissen/laprascopic, robotic, hiatal hernia repair. Recently experiencing painful, debilitating gas& diarrhea. Is this normal?

Not from the surgery: It is very unlikely that these current symptoms are related to your surgery. By far the most common cause of diarrhea is viral infection (enteritis, or gastroenteritis if it involves nausea/vomiting). With any diarrhea, weight loss, dehydration (feeling like you're going to pass out when standing), or fever lasting > 1 day would be cause for concern. Otherwise these things tend to resolve. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more