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Does hiatal hernia cause shortness of breath?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Asthma-like symptoms
Some people with hiatal hernias may develop gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), which usually causes heartburn.
With severe gerd, stomach acid can reflux all the way up the esophagus and then down the trachea, causing asthma-like symptoms.

In brief: Asthma-like symptoms
Some people with hiatal hernias may develop gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd), which usually causes heartburn.
With severe gerd, stomach acid can reflux all the way up the esophagus and then down the trachea, causing asthma-like symptoms.
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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Also, acid-producing mucosa (lining) can be found at the top of the esophagus.
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
There are several other potential mechanisms. Reflex cough from reflux within the esophagus
2 doctors agree
In brief: Likely scar tissue
The most likley reason is residual scar tissue left over from the blood that accumulated there.
If the lump is soft and moves freely, it is likely nothing to be concerned about. However, i would show it to your doctor at your next scheduled visit.

In brief: Likely scar tissue
The most likley reason is residual scar tissue left over from the blood that accumulated there.
If the lump is soft and moves freely, it is likely nothing to be concerned about. However, i would show it to your doctor at your next scheduled visit.
Dr. Matthew Lublin
Dr. Matthew Lublin
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Rarely
If a hiatal hernia is very large, it may cause shortness of breath by impinging on the lungs.
If the stomach gets caught in the chest through the hernia, this is a serious complication of a hital hernia and may lead to shortness of breath. Both of these scenarios are unlikley.

In brief: Rarely
If a hiatal hernia is very large, it may cause shortness of breath by impinging on the lungs.
If the stomach gets caught in the chest through the hernia, this is a serious complication of a hital hernia and may lead to shortness of breath. Both of these scenarios are unlikley.
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Not usually
Hiatal hernias are usually without any symptoms.
When they do cause symptoms, it is usually heartburn or gerd, gastroesophageal reflux disease. Sometimes nausea accompanies heartburn. Occasionally, people with severe heartburn may have a sensation of being out of breath, but it is not caused by an impairment of lung function.

In brief: Not usually
Hiatal hernias are usually without any symptoms.
When they do cause symptoms, it is usually heartburn or gerd, gastroesophageal reflux disease. Sometimes nausea accompanies heartburn. Occasionally, people with severe heartburn may have a sensation of being out of breath, but it is not caused by an impairment of lung function.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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