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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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Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


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How does a hiatal hernia relate to acid reflux?

How does a hiatal hernia relate to acid reflux?

Unclear : Many people with large hiatal hernias have no reflux, and many with reflux have no hiatal hernia. Reflux is probably mostly a functional problem related to excessive random openings of the valve between the stomach and esophagus called transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause nausea?

Unlikely: Hiatal hernias do not usually cause symptoms. In some cases, though, hiatal hernias cause stomach acid to leak into the esophagus. This is called acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux, and it can cause symptoms, including: ?burning in the chest, known as heartburn ?burning in the throat or an acid taste in the throat ?stomach or chest pain ?trouble swallowing ?a raspy voice or a sore throat. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause constipation?

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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How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?

How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?

X-RAY, Endoscopy,etc: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter the abdominal cavity. This commonly leads to the stomach "yo-yo-ing" up into the chest, which may cause gerd (reflux). This can be seen by ct scan and by upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause nausea after eating?

Can a hiatal hernia cause nausea after eating?

Nausea: Nausea is a non specific symptom with multiple causes, dehydration, bad gallbladder, hernia, and yes hiatal hernia. Nausea after eating is one of the bad gallbladder symptoms. Okay to get evaluated by your regular doc, ask for imaging, gallbladder ultrasound. In the meantime stay on a low fat diet and increase your oral hydration. Be well. ...Read more

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How can a hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?

Inreased Pressure: If you have a large abdominal content protuding thru the opening of the diaphram this may redue the capacity of the lung to expand causing shortness of breath. ...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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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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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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How does an ingenuial hernia cause constipation?

How does an ingenuial hernia cause constipation?

Possible: Large inguinal hernias ( sliding I H ) may cause constipation as colon enters or becomes part of the wall , most of the common small hernias will not cause. If you have one get it repaired to prevent serious complications ...Read more

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How is a hiatal hernia repaired?

Laparoscopic Surgery: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdomen. A hiatal hernia may lead to gerd by virtue of the stomach yo-yo-ing up thru the hiatus into the chest. Surgical repair involves three key steps: return the stomach to the abdominal cavity, tighten the hole in the diaphragm, and create a new valve to rx reflux. ...Read more

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What causes a tortuous esophagus if its not a hiatal hernia?

What causes a tortuous esophagus if its not a hiatal hernia?

Motility disorder: It could be a motility disorder such as distal (formerly diffuse) esophageal spasm or a nutcracker esophagus. High resolution Manometry is the test to find out. A small tube is placed into the esophagus and you swallow water 10 times. It measures the valve pressures and the coordination and strength of the muscle contractions. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is a hiatus hernia symptoms?

Variable: Typically, small hiatal hernias do not cause symptoms, or may be a contributing factor to heartburn or regurgitation. Large hiatal hernias (paraesophageal) can cause chest pain and pressure, difficulty swallowing, anemia due to bleeding ulcers, and weight loss due to avoidance of food. See your doctor to find out more. ...Read more

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Could a hiatal hernia really kill you?

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

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Does umbilical hernia cause stomach to indent?

Does umbilical hernia cause stomach to indent?

Umbilical hernia: Usually sticks out at belly button area and usually will not cause your abdomen to indent. Show it to your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Can having a hital hernia and GERD cause panick type feelings?

Can having a hital hernia and GERD cause panick type feelings?

Yes it can: If there is sufficient reflux, the irritation to the esophagus or actual aspiration of stomach contents can lead to a feeling of choking. You should avoid eating late at night and make sure that you avoid acidic foods and alcohol, and sleep with you head elevated on a couple of pillows. See a surgeon if the symptoms persist, for definitive repair. ...Read more

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Can having GERD and a small hital hernia cause panick symptoms?

Can having GERD and a small hital hernia cause panick symptoms?

GERD: Patients react to gerd and symptoms of hiatal hernia in different ways. Anxiety is generally not a symptom but esophageal spasm from the acid or tiny bits of acid aspirated into the airways could give the sensation of anxiety. I would recommend a history and physical examination by primary care physician in a trial of a proton pump inhibitor. If the anxiety persists after this medication trial then it may be a separate issue. ...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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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

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