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Hiatal hernia picture

Hiatal hernia is a condition in which a portion of the stomach protrudes upward into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm (the sheet of muscle used in breathing that separates the chest from the abdomen).
 

hiatal hernia

You can see in the picture above the protrusion if the top of the stomach called a hiatal hernia.

 

Symptoms of a hiatal hernia as seen in the picture

A hiatal hernia rarely causes symptoms. If you have pain and discomfort it is usually due to the reflux of gastric acid, air, or bile. Reflux happens more easily when there is a hiatal hernia but  there are several causes of reflux.

When there are symptoms then these are the most common

  • Chest pain
  • Heartburn, worse when bending over or lying down
  • Swallowing difficulty

 

 

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