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Dr. Kenneth Horlander Dr. Horlander
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
46 years in practice
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Female, 67 , good health, no smoking or alcohol, can a small hiatal hernia grown or enlarge? Thank you

Female, 67 , good health, no smoking or alcohol,    can a small hiatal hernia grown or enlarge? Thank you

Hiatal Hernia: Hiatal hernias can come and go, get better (especially with weight loss), and can get worse (with time and age, weight gain, increased abdominal pressure). They can cause acid reflux, feeling full early, chest pain and even feeling short of breath). Good luck. ...Read more

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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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Dr. Russell Juno Dr. Juno
Surgery
18 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
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Dr. Rodney Biggs Dr. Biggs
Surgery
17 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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Can hiatal hernia affect my child?

Can hiatal hernia affect my child?

Uncommon: While reflux can occur in children, having a hiatal hernia is less common. Most hiatal hernias develop over the course of a person's life. ...Read more

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Dr. Lyall Gorenstein Dr. Gorenstein
Surgery - Thoracic
34 years in practice
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
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What can be done about a hiatal hernia?

What can be done about a hiatal hernia?

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 more

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Dr. Mark Weston Dr. Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
27 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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How do I know exactly what is a hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: Is herniation, or protrusion, of a portion of stomach (which is normally in the abdomen) into the chest through the esophageal hiatus, thus "hiatal" hernia. There are different types though and some require urgent surgery, although most are of the "sliding" type that is usually harmless. It also depends on the extent of the stomach herniation and other organ involvement. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Welle Dr. Welle
Bariatrics
12 years in practice
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Possible hiatal hernia, how can I tell if it is or not?

See your dr: There are a couple of different tests that can help with the diagnosis. An upper GI is an x-ray that can show a hiatal hernia. The other test that can help is an egd which is a procedure performed by a gastroenterologist. A ct scan can also be used for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle Dr. Earle
Surgery
27 years in practice
University of Arizona College of Medicine
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Is it possible to develop a hiatal hernia from exercise?

Not really: While exercise alone in rare circumstances may cause or make a hiatal hernia worse, there are many factors at play such as genetics, normal aging process, and medical conditions such as obesity that also may contribute. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Sheppard Dr. Sheppard
Surgery - Thoracic
30 years in practice
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
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I was wondering what does a hiatal hernia do to your body?

I was wondering what does a hiatal hernia do to your body?

Common problem: Hiatal hernias in the u..S. May be as common as 1 in 3 people. A hiatal hernia is when the junction between esophagus and stomach slips up into tbe chest from its usual place in the belly. This causes the g-e junction to stop acting as a one way valve and stomach contents (food and acid) can back up into the esophagus and even the lungs. Acid reflux, aspiration pneumonia and food sticking occur. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Marius Frasie Dr. Frasie
Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Dr. Scott Grover Dr. Grover
Surgery
22 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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What is hiatal hernia? What is hiatal hernia and how do people contract it?

What is hiatal hernia? What is hiatal hernia and how do people contract it?

Enlarged hiatus: A hiatal hernia is a hernia through the diaphragm. The natural opening where the esophagus comes through the diaphragm enlarges. Sometimes it gets big enough that a significant amount of stomach can get through the hole into the chest. This may or may not be related to reflux disease, which is the most common symptom associated with hiatal hernias. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Stevens Dr. Stevens
Surgery
20 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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Can. Hiatal hernia affect breathing?

Can. Hiatal hernia affect breathing?

Hiatal hernia: You have a hiatal hernia. This is a very treatable abnormality. Your doctor will treat your symptoms and follow with you. If you are feeling well with medications then he/she will follow. As you age you may require more intervention. You may need a diagnostic study. You will need to manage your weight and to exercise. Watch what you eat. Be well. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng Dr. Cheng
Family Medicine
27 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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Can hiatal hernia affect my breathing?

Can hiatal hernia affect my breathing?

Yes: A hiatal hernia is the stomach protruding into the chest cavity, which can affect one's breathing. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Cohen Dr. Cohen
Family Medicine
24 years in practice
New York Institute of Technology New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How common is congenital hiatal hernia?

How common is congenital hiatal hernia?

Fairly: These things are more common than you would think; but easily treatable. ...Read more

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Dr. Rodney Biggs Dr. Biggs
Surgery
17 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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How common is hiatal hernia in children?

How common is hiatal hernia in children?

Uncommon: While reflux can occur in children, having a hiatal hernia is less common. Most hiatal hernias develop over the course of a person's life. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Lipkis Dr. Lipkis
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
44 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Dr. Leonard Metildi Dr. Metildi
Surgery
41 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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Can you have severe diarhia with hiatal hernia?

Can you have severe diarhia with hiatal hernia?

Not directly: Hiatal hernia does not cause diarrhea. However, medicines used to treat the reflux associated with it can.You need to see your physician about this. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Kim Dr. Kim
Surgery - Pediatric
23 years in practice
University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Can you see a hiatal hernia from outside your skin?

No: Hiatal hernia occurs through the esophageal hiatus in the diaphragm, which is deep inside the upper body. ...Read more

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Dr. Henry Hochberg Dr. Hochberg
Family Medicine
32 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Can you see a hiatal hernia from outside your skin ?

Nope: A hiatal hernia is an entirely intraabdominal (inside your abdominal cavity) phenomenon. It occurs when a part of your stomach slides up into the chest cavity next to your esophagus. This is unlike hernias one might get in the groin where you can see the bulge through the skin. If you have a bulge in the middle of your abdomen that you can see outside it might be a ventral hernia which is a weakness of your abdominal muscles. ...Read more

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Digestive Health (Definition)

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Hernia (Definition)

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