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What are some causes of hiatal hernias?

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Dr. David Earle
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Earle
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In brief: Obesity

A hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach pushes through the diaphragm. There is an association between obesity and hiatal hernias.

In brief: Obesity

A hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach pushes through the diaphragm. There is an association between obesity and hiatal hernias.
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