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What are some causes of hiatal hernias?

What are some causes of hiatal hernias?

Enlarged opening: A hiatal hernia occurs when the normal opening in the diaphragm that allows the esophagus to pass through stretches out and allows the stomach to herniate in to the chest. While genetics, trauma, and obesity can be contributing dactors, it is generally not possible to determine why some people develop them and others don't. ...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 can a hital hernia in the cardio oesaphgeal junction cause in the way of symptoms?

Reflux : The most common symptom of hiatal hernia is reflux. You'd experience indigestion or discomfort in your epigastrium, the area of your upper abdomen/lower chest. ...Read more

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What causes hiatal hernia?

What causes hiatal hernia?

Stretched diaphragm : There is normally a hole in the diaphragm through which passes the esophagus. The diaphragm separates the abdominal and chest cavities, and the chest cavity is like a vacuum. When the normal opening stretches out and becomes large enough, the stomach gets "sucked" into the chest slowly. Why some get this and others don't is largely a mystery. ...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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Can a hiatel hernia cause breathing or weight problems? I am a 47 yr old female.

Can a hiatel hernia cause breathing or weight problems? I am a 47 yr old female.

Maybe: Large hiatal hernias can cause shortness of breath, but this is unusual in somebody that is 47. These are also known as paraesophageal hernias, and can be diagnosed on endoscopy or upper G.I. Contrast study. Small hiatal hernias are typically completely asymptomatic. The hiatal hernia would not be associated with weight problems unless it prevented you from eating in which case you may have unplanned weight loss. ...Read more

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I have a 4cm hital hernia, after endoscopy on 1/27/14, the hital hernia is now a 5 cm, what does that mean. Is a 5 CM cause to worry?

I have a 4cm hital hernia, after endoscopy on 1/27/14, the hital hernia is now a 5 cm, what does that mean. Is a 5 CM cause to worry?

Size alone: In a sliding hiatal hernia is not cause for alarm. You can get gerd and even precancerous changes, so periodic endoscopy is mandatory. Consult your GI specialist for proper follow up. ...Read more

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Hot chest like feeling what could it be I have a hital hernia and I do have gord can anxiety be a cause?

Hot chest like feeling what could it be I have a hital hernia and I do have gord can anxiety be a cause?

Most likely yes: How big is your hiatus hernia. Most of the time hiatus hernia is silent , inother words , has no symptoms. Tension is the most likely is your problem, but you should see a GI doctor. ...Read more

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