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Dr. David Earle
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Hiatal Hernia (Overview)

Hiatal hernia is a medical condition in which the stomach protrudes up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm, which is the muscle lining the bottom of your lungs that control your breathing. Symptoms include heartburn, chest pain, and shortness of breath.


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What is the definition or description of: hiatal hernia diet?

What is the definition or description of: hiatal hernia diet?

Internal: A hiatal hernia is an internal condition where the upper portion of the stomach pushes through a weakness in the diaphragm muscle, and pushes up into the chest cavity. There are 2 main types of these hiatal hernias. Diagnose by x-ray or endoscopy. Medications to treat heartburn symptoms or surgical repair of the hernia can be treatment options. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hiatal Hernia (Overview)

Hiatal hernia is a medical condition in which the stomach protrudes up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm, which is the muscle lining the bottom of your lungs that control your breathing. Symptoms include heartburn, chest pain, and shortness of breath.


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How does a hiatal hernia cause gerd?

How does a hiatal hernia cause gerd?

"Yo-Yo" stomach.: One mechanism that prevents reflux of food or acid from the stomach up the esophagus is the fact that the pressure within the abdominal cavity is higher than the pressure in the stomach. If the stomach "yo-yo's" into the chest cavity through a hiatal hernia, the negative pressure within the chest cavity changes this pressure gradient, favoring reflux. ...Read more

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Is extreme bloating a possible symptom of a hiatal hernia?

Is extreme bloating a possible symptom of a hiatal hernia?

Yes: Typically this would be due to large hiatal hernias also known as paraesophageal hernias. An upper GI contrast study can help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

Heartburn: Not all hiatal hernias are symptomatic, but can explain symptoms if present. Commonly have heartburn, sore throat in morning, maybe even chest pain (from esophagus). Gerd (reflux disease) may even make asthma worse. See your doctor. Treatment usually starts with acid-reducing meds, with further studies like endoscopy or radiograph ordered at your doctor's discretion. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of a hiatal hernia migraine?

Many: Typical symptoms of a hiatal hernia include the sensation food is stuck in the chest, intermittent chest pain and/or pressure, and feeling full quickly after eating. This is typocall for a large hernia, and can be diagnosed with an upper GI contrast study and/or upper endoscopy. The only treatment for a hiatal hernia is a surgical procedure. Small hernias typically don't cause symptoms. ...Read more

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What is hiatal hernia?

What is hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia is a laxity or defect of the diaphragm where the esophagus travels through the back of the chest into the abdominal cavity and your stomach. Some patients have heartburn associated with hiatal hernias while some do not. ...Read more

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Most definitive way to diagnose hiatal hernia, barium swallow or endoscopy?

Most definitive way to diagnose hiatal hernia, barium swallow or endoscopy?

Good question: The tests are useful in different ways. A hiatal hernia can diagnosed with either test and very reliably. The egd allows for a biopsy. The UGI allows for an evaluation of the function of the esophagus as well as visualizing actual episodes of reflux. ...Read more

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Are all diagnostic tests for hiatal hernia done locally? What are they?

Define locally: Do you mean "the community you live in" or "under local anesthesia"? Hiatal hernia is often used to describe gastroesophageal reflux disease(gerd); while there is overlap, they are two distinct diseases. Tests for gerd include endoscopy (egd), pressure recordings of the esophagus, and a 24-ph study. A hiatal hernia is best seen on ct, although indirect info will be obtained by egd. ...Read more

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Can GI doctors do test for hiatal hernia and how do I tell them I would like that checked. heart burn with nausea right upper abdo. pain dizziness

Yes: If you are having reflux symptoms, hiatal hernia is a common finding. It can sometimes be detected on an UGI or can be seen if an EGD/upper endoscopy is deemed necessary. How do you tell them - just tell them your concerns, your symptoms, and that you think you have a hiatal hernia and would like to be checked for that. Very simple. Just be honest. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hiatal hernia?

Doctor evaluation: The best "tests" are an evaluation and answering questions of possible symptoms by your doctor, such as food reflux into the throat, heartburn, feeling of food sticking when swallowed. Simple chest x-ray can be done, sometimes a ct scan, and likely best is a referral to a gastroenterologist for possible endoscopy procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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