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Is anemia common with hiatal hernia?

Is anemia common with hiatal hernia?

It happens: Large hiatal hernias known as paraesophageal hernias can cause ulcers due to the stomach twisting back and forth. These are known as cameron's erosions, and are not uncommonly the cause of anemia that has no other known cause. I see 1-2 patients per year with multiple tests over 1-2 years, only to finally have their hiatal hernia repaired and their anemia resolved. ...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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Chronic back and leg pain for 4 years. Done many MRI - no hernia, cause unknown. I was told maybe it could be caused by anemia. Is that possible?

Chronic back and leg pain for 4 years. Done many MRI - no hernia, cause unknown. I was told maybe it could be caused by anemia. Is that possible?

Chronic bk/leg pain: You're pretty young to have these. What is your level of activity? Very high or very low. What is your weight? If too high, your weight can be the cause for your back and leg pains. If your weight is normal, then the MRI should give you an idea regarding back disc herniation. You may consider seeing your primary care doctor regarding an ortho or neuro consult. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Is it common practice to cut through an old hiatal hernia mesh from previous op to perform laproscopic gallbladder removal resulting a hernia-redo?

Is it common practice to cut through an old hiatal hernia mesh from previous op to perform laproscopic gallbladder removal resulting a hernia-redo?

No: Performing a laparoscopic gallbladder removal would not affect anything near an old hiatal hernia repair. If there was a recurrence from the hiatal hernia, it almost certainly wasn't due to the gallbladder operation. ...Read more

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Are you more prone to having esophagus polyps after having one with severe GERD and common hiatal hernia?

Not true polyp: esophageal polyps are called pseudopolyp, mean not real polyp, caused by the inflammation driven by the reflux, there are not a true polyp that can turn to cancer and they diseapear with treatment so try to take care of your reflux, follow the diet, no late meal ,or snack, sleep with head elevated, take medication as Rx, avoid caffeine and spicy food, and eat multiple small meal,avoid tight cloth. ...Read more

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Could hiatal hernia get smaller?

Could hiatal hernia get smaller?

No: Hiatal hernias don't resolve. Fortunately, most do not cause symptoms or problems. They often enlarge with time, but not always. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more