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What causes hiatal hernia?

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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How are hiatal and inguinal hernia different?

How are hiatal and inguinal hernia different?

Location: A hiatal hernia occurs in the diaphragm, so that abdominal organs end up in the chest (usually just part of the stomach). An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin. The treatments are different, although both can be approached without a long traditional incision (laparoscopic surgery). ...Read more

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What percent of Barrett's esophagus patients have hiatial hernia?

What percent of Barrett's esophagus patients have hiatial hernia?

Unclear: Exact numbers depend upon which study is used. However, a meta-analysis of studies done in 2013 did show a strong relationship between hiatal hernia and Barrett's esophagus, with the association being most strong in patients who had longer segments of Barrett's esophagus. This is likely due to more exposure of the esophagus to gastric contents in the presence of a hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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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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Can inguinal or femoral hernias cause indigestion?

Can inguinal or femoral hernias cause indigestion?

unlikely: Most of the times hernia (s ) will not cause any symptoms except occasional pain , but when it gets incarcerated is an emergency , will have severe pain , can not be pushed inside requiring emergency surgery. ...Read more

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Can hiatal hernia cause heart flutter?

Can hiatal hernia cause heart flutter?

Shouldn't : While i suppose its possible of there was a very large hiatal hernia (paraesophageal type), it is still unlikely. ...Read more

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Causes of esophageal burning? Have eoe and esophageal dismotility.

Causes of esophageal burning? Have eoe and esophageal dismotility.

Esophagitis: Eosinophilic esophagitis can cause spasm and delay in esophageal motility. Are u currently being treated? You need to be on a ppi +/- a inhaled steroid that should be swallowed to treat the inflammation.. The burning most likely represents acid reflux that you are having in addition to eoe. You should consult with your GI as soon as possible. ...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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What causes diaphragmatic hernia?

What causes diaphragmatic hernia?

Lack of development: Poor or incomplete development of the pluroperitoneal membrane which forms the diaphragm muscle. ...Read more

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How can esophageal cancer feel compared to esophageal ulcers?

How can  esophageal cancer feel compared to esophageal ulcers?

Different: A person with esophageal cancer can develop progressive swallowing difficulty, first for solids and later for liquids as well. Odynophagia is a painful swallowing. Esophageal ulcer can be benign or early cancer. That may produce swallowing difficulties due to spasms, but is not progressive. Only way to know for sure is by biopsy and endoscopy. ...Read more

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Results of CT abd/pelvis, 2 fatty inguinal hernias, fatty umbilical hernia and hiatal hernia. What are these & what is treatment and risks of treatmen?

Results of CT abd/pelvis, 2 fatty inguinal hernias, fatty umbilical hernia and hiatal hernia. What are these & what is treatment and risks of treatmen?

Surgery if pain: If the inguinal (groin) hernias and umbilical hernia are causing you discomfort, they should be fixed. A hernia is a bulge of tissue through a defect. A hiatal hernia is where part of the stomach goes up past the diaphragm into the lower chest. There are different types. A surgeon would have to evaluate this to see if surgery is needed. He or she may also do an endoscopy (egd). ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause constipation?

Not likely: Hiatal hernias cause heartburn and regurgitation and other swallowing issues but not constipation. ...Read more

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What causes an irregular z-line other than barrett's esophagus or a hiatal hernia?

What causes an irregular z-line other than barrett's esophagus or a hiatal hernia?

Normal variation: The z-line, where the esophagus lining connects to the stomach lining varies quite a bit from person to person. Not everyone has a straight circle -- that's why it's called the "z"-line, because an irregular border is normal. Some things that can make it more abnormal could be reflux of bile or acid into the esophagus, poor esophageal squeezing, or just a normal variation. Good health! ...Read more

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Does hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Does hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Asthma-like symptoms: Some people with hiatal hernias may develop gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), which usually causes heartburn. With severe gerd, stomach acid can reflux all the way up the esophagus and then down the trachea, causing asthma-like symptoms. ...Read more

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Does hiatle hernia cause stomach patrude?

Does hiatle hernia cause stomach patrude?

Nope.: The hiatus is the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdominal cavity; a hiatal hernia is an enlargement of this hole. It cannot be seen nor touched on physical examination. In contrast, a ventral hernia may cause the abdomen to protrude, as can a separation of the rectus muscles very common in men who are "round"in the midsection: this is called diastasis. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause esophageal cancer without the patient ever having barretts esophagus?

Possible but unusual: Most likely lower esophageal adenocarcinoma is caused by gerd, which changes the lining of the lower esophagus into that of the stomach (barrett's) which is a precursor for adenocarcinoma. However, one could have squamous cell type without gerd. Best to review with your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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31 year old with GERD- chances of Barrett's, esophageal cancer or stomach cancer?

31 year old with GERD- chances of Barrett's, esophageal cancer or stomach cancer?

Treat the GERD: If the GERD is treated properly with antacids, there is very little risk of developing Barretts. There is very remote if any chance of developing Gastric Cancer. So youc an relax and take your PPIs as needed to keep the heart burn under full control. You may ahve to take PPIS for a long time. But you can get the Cancer fear out of your mind. You may need Upper endoscopy every 10 years to look fo ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

A condition that occurs when part of the stomach bulges into the chest. It can cause severe ...Read more