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What is a hiatus hernia?

What is a hiatus hernia?

Stomach: A hiatal hernia is the protrusion (or herniation) of the upper part of the stomach into the chest through a weakness in the diaphragm (muscle that helps you breathe), where the esophagus (tube from the mouth to the stomach) has to pass through. Risk factors include: older age, obesity, straining, and hereditary factors. Treatment depends on the size and type of hiatal hernia, as well as symptoms. ...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 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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What does" diminutive sliding hiatus hernia" visible in the stomach mean?

What does" diminutive sliding hiatus hernia" visible in the stomach mean?

Big words: It means you have a small (dimunitive) hiatal hernia, and that it is able to slide through the opening in the diaphragm to be sometimes above (wrong spot) and sometimes below (where it belongs). If they are larger, they are more likely to get "stuck" above the diaphragm (and cause more symptoms). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hiatus hernia?

What are the symptoms of hiatus hernia?

Acid Reflux: Bad heartburn, fullness/pain in upper abdomen/chest (worse after eating), regurgitation of bitter fluid (especially when lying flat or bending over), sometimes difficulty breathing, frequent pneumonias, asthma attacks. Severity of symptoms depends on how large the hernia is. Most hiatal hernias are small and cause mild heartburn or no symptoms at all. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a hiatus hernia and an unstable angina?

What's the difference between a hiatus hernia and an unstable angina?

Very different: Hiatal hernia is a weakness in the diaphragm muscle that may allow a portion of the stomach to go into the chest causing heartburn or esophageal reflux. Unstable angina is a very serious and potentially life threatening condition of impeding heart attack or heart damage from low blood flow to the heart. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a hiatus hernia and what can be done for it?

What are the symptoms of a hiatus hernia and what can be done for it?

Many: Typically, only large hiatal hernias cause symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, chest pain, feeling full quickly, and fatigue due to anemia from ulcers. Diagnosis can be made with an upper GI contrast study. Treatment is surgical repair, best done by a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in laparoscopic repair. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Difference between hiatus hernia and ulsar pain?

Difference between hiatus hernia and ulsar pain?

Differences: Ulcers tend to cause pain in the upper stomach and is often described as burning,gnawing,or hunger-like,and sometimes can be crampy or vague.You can also have discomfort after eating with increased belching,early satiety,upper abdominal fullness,nausea,and sometimes vomiting.Type I hiatal hernia pain feels like reflux/heartburn.Larger hernias can cause nausea, retching, and fullness after eating ...Read more

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Can hiatus hernia cause pain in upper right back?

Usually not: Hiatal hernia by itself usually does not cause pain, but it is usually accompanied by gerd, which can cause epigastric or substernal (both in front of body) pain. Pain in right back could be from gallbladder problems. See a doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Can a hiatus hernia be detected using just a scan?

Ct scan: Cr scan can be utilized to detect a hiatal hernia. A gastroscopy can also detect it and tell you how far down and the condition of the stomach and esophagus. A ph probe will tell you if the reflux is causing harm. Eat well and exercise. ...Read more

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