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Hiatal Hernia

What is an Hiatal Hernia?

A hiatal hernia is a protrusion of the stomach through
the diaphragm where the esophagus joins the stomach.



How do I get a Hiatal Hernia?

This can be caused by an increase in pressure in the abdominal area. The pressure
can be caused by straining during a bowel movement, vomiting, coughing, pregnancy,
obesity or extra fluid in the abdomen. The majority of healthy people over the age
of 50 have small hiatal hernias. Most hiatal hernias are not considered dangerous.

They can become dangerous if they constrict the blood supply or contribute to
esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus). If these complications occur, surgery
may be necessary to reduce the size of the hernia.