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Does my hiatal hernia increases my chances of dangerous bacterial infections?
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4 doctors agree
In brief: No
It only increases your chance of suffering from heartburn or swallowing problems.
If you have either, see your physician.

In brief: No
It only increases your chance of suffering from heartburn or swallowing problems.
If you have either, see your physician.
Dr. Matthew Weiner
Dr. Matthew Weiner
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Very indirectly.
Hiatal hernia can cause you to have frequent acid reflux.
Frequent acid reflux can back up into the lungs sometimes and put you at risk for developing certain kinds of bacterial and viral infections. So the answer is, hiatal hernia can *indirectly* increase your risk of dangerous bacterial infections.

In brief: Very indirectly.
Hiatal hernia can cause you to have frequent acid reflux.
Frequent acid reflux can back up into the lungs sometimes and put you at risk for developing certain kinds of bacterial and viral infections. So the answer is, hiatal hernia can *indirectly* increase your risk of dangerous bacterial infections.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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