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What causes a hiatal hernia?

What causes a hiatal hernia?

Unknown: The hiatus is the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to go from the chest to the abdominal cavity. A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of this opening thru which the stomach can slip up into the chest. This is found in 15% of people & rarely causes symptoms. It is unclear if this develops before birth and/or develops in response to elevated abdominal pressure. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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Does stress cause my hiatal hernia to act up?

Does stress cause my hiatal hernia to act up?

Maybe: Depends on what you mean by "act up". Stress does tend to exacerbate many symptoms, and be a cause of ulcers in the stomach. If the symptoms are severe, see your primary care provider for more information, possible testing, or referral to a gastroenterologist and/or surgeon. And don't forget to not "sweat the small stuff. And it's all small stuff". Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are some causes of hiatal hernias?

What are some causes of hiatal hernias?

Enlarged opening: A hiatal hernia occurs when the normal opening in the diaphragm that allows the esophagus to pass through stretches out and allows the stomach to herniate in to the chest. While genetics, trauma, and obesity can be contributing dactors, it is generally not possible to determine why some people develop them and others don't. ...Read more

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My doctor says palpitations can be caused by hiatal hernias. Are these harmful to an otherwise healthy heart?

My doctor says palpitations can be caused by hiatal hernias. Are these harmful to an otherwise healthy heart?

No: Palpitations can be caused by increased input from the vagus nerve, or even exercise. While there is no direct connection or possibility to damage the heart form a hiatal hernia, it could mimick exercise or straining that may influence palpitations. It's a bit of a stretch though. ...Read more

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What causes hiatal hernia?

Stretched diaphragm : There is normally a hole in the diaphragm through which passes the esophagus. The diaphragm separates the abdominal and chest cavities, and the chest cavity is like a vacuum. When the normal opening stretches out and becomes large enough, the stomach gets "sucked" into the chest slowly. Why some get this and others don't is largely a mystery. ...Read more

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I get a single loud hiccup out of nowhere. Could that be caused by a hiatal hernia?

I get a single loud hiccup out of nowhere. Could that be caused by a hiatal hernia?

Not likely: Hiatal hernias are usually asymptomatic, and if symptomatic, usually just cause acid reflux. Your symptoms of eructation ardmore likely due to acid reflux, dysmotility of the esophagus (which can be caused by flexural or tramadol, or some sort of diaphragmatic spasm. ...Read more

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What could cause or explain hiatal hernia in thin 28yr old female (never pregnant)? Is this common in young non obese women?

What could cause or explain hiatal hernia in thin 28yr old female (never pregnant)? Is this common in young non obese women?

Congenital: Hernias are unrelated to obesity and yes i see frequently young women with this problem but the incidence is higher in older patients. ...Read more

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Can a stomach biopsy tell the cause for your hiatal hernia?

Can a stomach biopsy tell the cause for your hiatal hernia?

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 more

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I have halitosis, this past week i went to my gastroenterologist and he told me it's caused for an hiatal hernia, how can I remove bad breath?

I have halitosis, this past week i went to my gastroenterologist and he told me it's caused for an hiatal hernia, how can I remove bad breath?

Bad breath: The physician who diagnosed your hiatal hernia should be able to suggest appropriate treatment for that. With all due respect, you may also have dental problems which may be causing your bad breath. Therefore i recommend you see a dentist for an exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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