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What You Need to Know About Hiatal Hernias

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Updated May 10, 2006

Whether you suspect you have a hiatal hernia or you are newly diagnosed, you will want to know the symptoms, the causes, and the treatment of hiatal hernias.

Hiatal Hernia Screening Quiz
This screening quiz should not be used as a diagnostic tool. This quiz should be used for informational purposes only. You should discuss with your doctor any concerns you have about your health.

Symptoms of a Hiatal Hernia
50 percent of hiatal hernia patients don't experience any symptoms. For the other 50 percent of patients, the following symptoms may occur.

What can cause a hiatal hernia?
Learn what conditions and lifestyle events can contribute to hiatal hernias.

Diagnosing Hiatal Hernias
There are a few procedures that are used to diagnose the presence of a hiatal hernia.

Treating Hiatal Hernias
For approximately 50% of individuals with a hiatal hernia, symptoms are not present. For those who do experience symptoms, it is usually caused by heartburn, or acid reflux. Many individuals with a hiatal hernia also have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. For them, their doctors may prescribe a treatment plan that is similar to the treatment for GERD.

Hiatal Hernia Diet Tips
About 50% of all people with hiatal hernias do not have any symptoms. For the other approximate 50% of individuals with hiatal hernias who do have symptoms, heartburn is the most common symptom. Knowing how to control the heartburn through diet is important.

Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernia
There are two categories of hiatal hernias, sliding or paraesophageal. With paraesophageal hernias, the gastro-esophageal junction remains where it belongs, but part of the stomach is squeezed up into the chest beside the esophagus. These hernias remain in the chest at all times. With this type of hernia, complications can occur.

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Created: 05/09/2006

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