What Are the Symptoms of an Esophageal Hernia?

Q:
What Are the Symptoms of an Esophageal Hernia?

A:
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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