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What are the symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

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Updated September 18, 2008

Question: What are the symptoms of a hiatal hernia?
Answer: 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, the following may occur:

  • Heartburn (which is worse when bending over or lying down shortly after eating)
  • Regurgitation (backflow of stomach contents into the back of the throat
  • Vomiting
  • Gastric reflux (backflow of stomach contents into the esophagus)
  • A sour or bitter taste in the mouth
  • Frequent belching
  • Frequent hiccups
  • Chest pain radiating from below the breastbone (the sternum)
  • Feeling of pressure in the chest
  • A bloated feeling after eating
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Abdominal pressure, especially soon after eating
  • Discomfort or pain in the stomach
  • Discomfort or pain in the esophagus
  • Gas
  • Unexplained coughing
  • Difficulty swallowing
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