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Is there a difference between GERD and a hiatus hernia?

Is there a difference between GERD and a hiatus hernia?

Yes: Gerd is gastroesophageal reflux disease or reflux. You can have reflux and not a hiatal hernia. You can also have a hiatal hernia, which could make your reflux worse. A hernia is an enlarged opening in the diaphragm where the esophagus comes through into the abdominal cavity. With a hh, the stomach can slide up into the chest. You can have a hh without reflux. Most often, they go together. ...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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What is the difference between hiatal hernia, gerd, and achalasia?

What is the difference between hiatal hernia, gerd, and achalasia?

HH, GERD, achalasia: Simplistically, a sliding hiatal hernia is a common upward bulge of stomach (with acid) thru the diaphragmatic hiatus (hole in diaphragm thru which esophagus & stomach connect). Gerd is physical movement of stomach contents into the esophagus, often associated with esophageal inflammation that can progress to esophageal cancer. Achalasia is motility disorder of esophagus and its lower sphincter. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between hiatal hernia/gerd symptoms and esophageal cancer symptoms?

How can you tell the difference between hiatal hernia/gerd symptoms and esophageal cancer symptoms?

Get scoped: Symptoms cannot usually differentiate these entities until esophageal cancer is far advanced. If you have had gerd symptoms for a few years, upper endoscopy may be indicated. Consult with a gastroenterologist or surgeon. ...Read more

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Could it be hiatus hernia that is causing gerd?

Could it be hiatus hernia that is causing gerd?

Yes: A hiatal hernia can be a cause of food reflux into the esophagus causing heartburn or esophageal injury or esophagitis. Other people with reflux can be from a weakness in the muscle at the junction of the stomach and esophagus without hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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What is easy and economical method of diagnosing hiatus hernia? Does GERD means high possibility of hiatus hernia.

What is easy and economical method of diagnosing hiatus hernia? Does  GERD means high possibility of hiatus hernia.

Upper GI: Probably the least invasive and most economical method to diagnose a hernia is an upper gi. In this test, you drink contrast material and x-rays are taken as it goes down your esophagus into your stomach. A hiatal hernia can be seen. Most people with a hiatal hernia have reflux but the majority of people with reflux do not have a hernia. ...Read more

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I'm 16 years old and have gord/gerd and hiatus hernia, what to do?

Two options: You can certainly try antiacid medication or antireflux medication but this may not work or you may require being on this medication for the rest of your life. Surgery is a option to repair the hernia and wrap the stomach to prevent reflux. ...Read more

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I have sliding hiatus hernia with GERD grade c diffuse gastritis, rut positive?

I have sliding hiatus hernia with GERD  grade c diffuse gastritis, rut positive?

Anti-acid therapy: Sounds like you need some antacid therapy to start. This should help both the gerd symptoms and the gastritis. Make sure to ask if you have H. Pylori infection as a cause of the gastritis. This needs to be treated with antibiotics as well. Forget about the hiatal hernia unless it becomes very large. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Gastrointerologist thinks my GERD caused by hiatus hernia, endoscopy next week to check, is hiatus hernia dangerous ? Will I die of it ? Complication?

Gastrointerologist thinks my GERD caused by hiatus hernia, endoscopy next week to check, is hiatus hernia dangerous ? Will I die of it ? Complication?

Hiatus hernai: Uncommon for a young man but your endoscopy will find out if anything is wrong. If so, appropriate management will be given. No, unless there is some major issue - not very likely- you are not going to die for many decades. Hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Is It ok to have 1-2 shots of whiskey a month while on daily lansoprazole for hiatus hernia and GERD?

Is It ok to have 1-2 shots of whiskey a month while on daily lansoprazole for hiatus hernia and GERD?

It is ok: limited alcohol use will probably be ok. as long as it is not worsening your GERD symptoms. At your age you may want to consider GERD surgery as a long term cure for this problem ...Read more

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Do small hiatus hernia (2cm) usually grow larger? No heartburn, no gerd at all.

Do small hiatus hernia (2cm) usually grow larger? No heartburn, no gerd at all.

Do HH grow?: hello~ yes over a long period of they tend to get larger depending on whether they are "sliders" or "rollers" the latter tending to enlarge earlier. thanks ...Read more

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