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Hiatal Hernia

Occurs when the upper part of the stomach slips through the diaphragm and moves up into the chest. The diaphragm is the muscle wall that separates the stomach from the chest.

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(Source: NIH - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

About Hiatal Hernia and Gastric Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

A hiatal hernia can also cause GERD. Hiatal hernia is a condition in which the opening in your diaphragm lets the upper part of the stomach move up into your chest, which lowers the pressure in the esophageal sphincter...Read more about GERD


NIH - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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Also called: Oesophageal hiatal hernia, Oesophageal hiatus hernia, Esophageal hiatal hernia, Esophageal hiatus hernia, Hiatus hernia, HH

Other terms to know:
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Hernia

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