What Are the Symptoms of an Esophageal Hernia?

What Are the Symptoms of an Esophageal Hernia?

An esophageal hernia, also known as hiatal hernia, occurs when the upper part of your stomach bulges through the large muscle (diaphragm) separating your abdomen and chest (see picture below). A small hiatal hernia usually doesn’t cause problems, and you may never notice it. But a large one can allow food and acid back up into your esophagus, leading to heartburn.

Hiatal hernia

Signs and symptoms of large hiatal hernias
  • Heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest or abdominal pain
  • Regurgitation of food or liquids into the mouth
  • Backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus (acid reflux)
  • Vomiting of blood or passing of black stools, which may indicate gastrointestinal bleeding

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