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Symptoms of Paraesophageal Hiatal Hernias


Updated August 05, 2010

Paraesopheal hernias tend to be asymptomatic. However, the following intermittent symptoms may occur:

  • Nausea

  • Retching

  • 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


Related Resources:



"Facts & Fallacies about Heartburn and GERD." The American College of Gastroenterology. 30 Sept 2007.

"Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)." NIH Publication No. 07–0882 May 2007. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NIDDK). 30 Sept 2007.

Jill Sklar, Annabel Cohen. Eating for Acid Reflux: A Handbook and Cookbook for Those with Heartburn. New York, NY: Marlowe & Company, 2003.

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