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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


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What is a hiatal hernia?

What is a hiatal hernia?

Hole in diaphragm: The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest- from the abdominal cavity. Many structures have to go thru the diaphragm in order to enter into the abdominal cavity, including the esophagus, the aorta, and the vena cava. The hiatus is the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes. This can enlarge, allowing the stomach to "yo-yo" up into the chest: this is called a hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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How should I treat hiatal hernia?

How should I treat hiatal hernia?

C Gastroenterologist: If you are like most people, you are using "hiatal hernia" to mean gastroesophageal reflux disease(gerd). Proven rx include dietary changes, avoidance of caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol, wt loss, and acid-lowering meds.If your symptoms are bad at night, putting the head of the bed up on blocks helps, as does eating dinner early. If symptoms persist, it's best to see a GI dr(gastroenterologist). ...Read more

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What does hiatal hernia feel like?

What does hiatal hernia feel like?

Hiatal hernia: Most commonly patients with hiatal hernias will experience symptoms of reflux such as heartburn and regurgitation if they have any symptoms at all. The vast majority of hiatal hernias encountered are small asymptomatic hernias that require no intervention. Only those hernias that are symptomatic should be treated. If surgery is required, it usually can be done laparoscopically. ...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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If you have a hiatal hernia is it visible from the outside?

If you have a hiatal hernia is it visible from the outside?

No.: This type if hernia can be seen only on radiologic images or with a scope. ...Read more

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Could a hiatal hernia really kill you?

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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Hiatal hernia is there surgery for it.?

Hiatal hernia is there surgery for it.?

Yes: There are a variety of types and sizes of hiatal hernia. Just because a person has one does not necessarily indicate a need for surgery. Medications and avoidance of eating late at night are some options, a gastroenterologist or your family doctor can help you determine if surgery is your best option, and refer you to a properly trained surgeon if indicated. ...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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Is a hiatal hernia repair effective?

Is a hiatal hernia repair effective?

Yes : Of course there area many factors to consider, but most importantly is what the goals of the repair are - resolution of symptoms or prevention from getting worse or both. In general, hiatal hernia repair should have a 90-95% success rate. ...Read more

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Is arnica montana for hiatal hernia?

Not recommended: Arnica montana is sometimes grown in herb gardens and has long been used medicinally. It contains the toxin helenalin, which can be poisonous if large amounts of the plant are eaten. It produces severe gastroenteritis and internal bleeding of the digestive tract if enough material is ingested. No herbal remedy has conclusively shown benefits for hiatal hernia symptoms when studied scientifically. ...Read more

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Does hiatal hernia cause chest pain?

Does hiatal hernia cause chest pain?

It can: Large hiatal hernias, known as paraesophageal hernias, can cause chest pain, and the feeling there is a balloon inside that needs to burst. They can also cause difficulty eating, weight loss, and anemia, and sometimes heartburn and vomiting. Small hiatal hernias do not cause pain. An upper GI contrast study can tell the difference. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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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 long does hiatal hernia repair last?

Long time : It should last for a lifetime. Having said that, it is common to have asymptomatic herniation of a small portion of the stomach back in to the chest. Thi is almost always without consequence, and only detectable with an upper GI contrast x-ray and/or endoscopy. Recurrences requiring another operation occur about 5% of the time. ...Read more

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Can a acupuncture help with a hiatal hernia?

Can a acupuncture help with a hiatal hernia?

No: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle through which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdominal cavity. Acupuncture would have no effect on this anatomical abnormality. ...Read more

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Could large hiatal hernia be missed on x-ray?

Yes: A regular chest x-ray should reveal a large hiatal hernia, but if done for another purpose it could be missed. Ct scan can also miss this if they are looking for something else. Very unlikely to be missed on an upper GI contrast study or esophagram. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Should i take hydrocodone with a hiatal hernia?

No: The symptoms are treated with anti acids and protein pump inhibitors with standard gerd precautions. ...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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Which treatments are needed for a hiatal hernia?

Life style changes: Most hiatal hernias need no treatment. It is best to remain upright for at least 4 hours following meals, avoid smoking and drinking alchol, try not to drink liquids prior to lying down. ...Read more

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Are there genetic predispositions to a hiatal hernia?

Rarely.: There have been reports of familial hiatal hernias (see reference). Most, however, are thought to be acquired.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmc1727703/. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a hiatal hernia press on lungs?

Yes: A hiatal hernia is when the intra-abdominal contents of the upper abdomen protrude into the mediastinum or chest. If the contents are large enough, it can press on adjacent organs, ie heart and lungs, and create difficulties breathing or increasing activities. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the treatment for hiatal hernia's?

Depends: On the size ; type of hiatal hernia. Most commonly medications are used to decrease acid in the stomach, avoid eating late at night or several hours before lsyonyg down. Sometimes surgical repair is indicated for some types of hiatal hernia. Newer non-invasive procedures are being developed. ...Read more

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What are hiatal hernia symptoms ? Is chest pain possible

What are hiatal hernia symptoms ? Is chest pain possible

Hiatal hernia: Hiatal hernia can be quite painful and you must see your doctor about this. Hiatal hernia should not cause chest pain and you must also bring this to your doctor. Don't wait too long to see your doctor. If he/she cannot fit you in soon please go to the Emergency Department. ...Read more

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How do you know if a hiatal hernia repair has come undone?

How do you know if a hiatal hernia repair has come undone?

Deja Vu: How did you feel when you first had your hiatal hernia - before the surgery? If those same symptoms and signs are returning, talk with your doc. ...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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