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.
No. The most common symptom associated with a hiatal hernia is heartburn secondary to gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease). This may lead to inflammation of the esophagus but should not cause anemia. A paraesophageal hernia is a rare variant of a hiatal hernia that can cause chronic anemia due to trauma to the stomach. These problems are best evaluated by upper endoscopy.
Yes. Anemia is seen with hiatal hernias but not with all hiatal hernias.
Fairly. These things are more common than you would think; but easily treatable.
Common. Hiatal hernias are common, and occur through a natural opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes. Usually, they are asymptomatic, but when large can pose significant risk. Congenital diaphragmatic hernias are uncommon, but can be life threatening shortly after birth. Prenatal ultrasound screens for these.
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.
Uncommon. A true hiatal hernia is very uncommon in children. Congenital hernias in the diaphragm are more common in children compared to adults, but still overall rare. You may need a chest x-ray to mark the diagnosis or make sure everything is ok with the diaphragm.
What could cause or explain hiatal hernia in thin 28yr old female (never pregnant)? Is this common in young non obese women?
Yes, see below. It is a protrusion or herniation of the upper part of the stomach into the thorax through a weakness in the diaphragmatic wall. It can be due to high intra abdominal pressure due various causes, orheredity, smoking, stress, or diaphragmatic weakness!
Congenital. Hernias are unrelated to obesity and yes I see frequently young women with this problem but the incidence is higher in older patients.
Is it common practice to cut through an old hiatal hernia mesh from previous op to perform laproscopic gallbladder removal resulting a hernia-redo?
Hernia. It depends on where the mesh was placed it is best to review the findings with your surgeons who performed the 2 procedures however it is unusual to dissect near the hiatus for a lap chole, it could be he case for an abdominal wall hernia.
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.
Yes. Due to a congenital deformity.
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.
I'm into my 6 months after my hiatal hernia operation - is excess gas and always having diarrhea common? It is rather hard to involve myself with. ..
Not likely. You need.. ..to see your surgeon again. If s/he doesn't think that this is related to the surgical Procedure, you should see a gastroenterologist. I'm going to complete your thought with an educated guess. If the problem is interfering with life activities, it's definitely time to seek treatment. Dr. Anne.
I have a hiatal hernia and in addition to upper abdominal pain, burning, burping, etc my lower abdomen is very bloated. Is that common with a hernia?
Not likely HHrelated. The GI tract has a very limited # of symptoms to signal its distress--nausea/vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, pain, fullness, bleeding, etc. As you know, many of these characterize ibs, but are also seen with inflammatory, infectious, ischemic, malabsorptive, and functional disorders. Directed lab work, imaging, biopsies, stool studies are appropriate in excluding non-ibs pathology.