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What is a hiatal hernia?

A hiatal hernia is an anatomical abnormality in which part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm and up into the chest. Although hiatal hernias are present in approximately 15% of the population, they are associated with symptoms in only a minority of those afflicted.

Normally, the esophagus or food tube passes down through the chest, crosses the diaphragm, and enters the abdomen through a hole in the diaphragm called the esophageal hiatus. Just below the diaphragm, the esophagus joins the stomach. In individuals with hiatal hernias, the opening of the esophageal hiatus (hiatal opening) is larger than normal, and a portion of the upper stomach slips up or passes (herniates) through the hiatus and into the chest. Although hiatal hernias are occasionally seen in infants where they probably have been present from birth, most hiatal hernias in adults are believed to have developed over many years.

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Comment from: FUSTRATED, Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. I feel tired and burp continuously, doctor prescribed Pariet which gives me temporary relief. He was totally against me doing surgery saying that the symptoms are not severe enough to do so and that I could be worse off afterwards.

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Comment from: missmarilyn71, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

A former posted statement said she had vomiting that lasted for up to 8 hours after eating, and could not even take a sip of water during that episode. I was surprised as I have been having the same reaction for 13 years. My symptoms began after I had a VBG (vertical banded gastroplasty) stomach stapling in 2000. I thought the symptoms, which include extreme burping, were caused by that. I had an endoscopy 3 weeks ago and was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. Since that diagnosis, my symptoms have increased in pain and duration. Some new ones have begun. Constipation that has lasted for up to 5 days, feeling of being choked and Inability to burp or have a bowel movement makes me feel pain and extreme pressure that lasts for hours to days. These are some of the symptoms I am having among others. This is horrible!

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