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What can cause a hiatal hernia?

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Updated September 18, 2008

Question: What can cause a hiatal hernia?
Answer: There are a number of contributing factors that can cause hiatal hernias:
  • Sudden physical exertion, such as when weight lifting
  • Abdominal injury that causes a hole or tear in the diaphragm
  • Increased pressure in the abdominal cavity caused by constant hard coughing, vomiting, straining during bowel movements
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Tight clothing around the abdomen
  • Constipation
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