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Can You See A Hiatal Hernia
Yes it can: An upper endoscopy, or EGD, is one of two ways to find a hiatal hernia. The other way is a xray with swallowed contrast fluid, a barium swallow or upper GI study. The xray is easier to do but the endoscopy gives a very detailed look at the stomach and is less likely to miss a hiatal hernia--when performed by an experienced physician. The procedure usually takes about 10 minutes to perform. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Sliding hiatal hernias are the most common of the hernias that occur around the lower esophagus and are commonly associated with reflux. Clinically significant reflux can occur with or without a hiatal hernia and is usually the cause of the symptoms mistakingly attributed to the hernia. Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disease(GERD) can also co-exist with other digestive diseases . GERD medications work. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but it's rare: Hiatal hernia is more likely the older you get ; can exist without symptoms.Hiatal hernia can have symptoms associated with reflux--hearburn, chest pain, difficulty swallowing.Long history of reflux can result in changes in the esophagus leading to bleeding, scarring, or cancer.Rarely, hiatal hernia becomes paraesophageal hernia (part of stomach alongside esophagus in chest) ; is life threatening. ...Read more
Usually: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdomen. This usually causes no symptoms but may contribute to acid reflux if the stomach slides thru this hole into the chest. Theoretically, increased abdominal pressure, such as ab exercises, may accentuate this reflux; if so, this would cause heartburn at the time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Surgical repair: Not all hiatal hernias need to be repaired. The common type i hernia causes gerd, and is usually treated medically, but sometimes requires surgery because medecial therapy doesn't work. Type ii hernias usually require surgery if symptoms are present, because there is no effective medical therapy. Hiatal hernias are repaired laparoscopically, so most people tolerate surgery very well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unrelated !: A hiatal hernia is a very specific but very common bulge of the stomach through the hiatus of the diaphragm (the opening in the diaghragm through which the esophagus in the chest cavity connects to the stomach in the abdominal cavity). Most of the time hiatal hernias are small, recurrent, but are not fixed in place. Mucosal biopsy of stomach is of no use in identifying why a hiatal hernia exists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to have a hiatal hernia aswel as an umbilical hernia. I've been diagnosed with an umbilical, but also have symptoms of a hiatal hernia?
Yes: You can have both a hiatal hernia and umbilical hernia. An umbilical hernia is a bulge through a defect in the abdominal wall at the belly button. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach goes up into the lower chest. Your symptoms could be due to reflux (gerd). You should see a surgeon, and he or she may perform an upper endoscopy (egd), depending on your symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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