hiatus hernia

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hiatus hernia


hiatal hernia

(Pathology) protrusion of part of the stomach through the diaphragm at the oesophageal opening


(or hia′tal) her′nia,

protrusion of part of the stomach through the esophageal cleft of the diaphragm.

hiatus hernia

A condition in which the top of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm. It causes heartburn as control is lost over the sphincter linking the esophagus to the stomach.
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Noun1.hiatus hernia - hernia resulting from the protrusion of part of the stomach through the diaphragm
hernia, herniation - rupture in smooth muscle tissue through which a bodily structure protrudes
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With regards to the hiatus hernia you complain of, I would agree that in many cases, drugs such as Ibuprofen can make the symptoms worse, but an operation to correct the problem would certainly be hazardous and by no means guaranteed to be effective.
A hiatus hernia occurs when part of the stomach bulges up into the chest cavity through a weakness in the diaphragm (the muscular sheet that separates the chest from the abdomen).
Hiatus hernia The upper part of your stomach slides up through the opening of your diaphragm, allowing stomach acid to regurgitate into your food pipe.
It occurs when acid from the stomach leaks into the gullet, burning the lining and is caused by overeating, alcohol, smoking, or when there is a weakness of the valve at the top of the stomach called a hiatus hernia.
I am 63 and suffer from angina, a hiatus hernia, poor circulation and ringing in my ears and also other heart troubles.
I'M having a very bad time with my hiatus hernia and have had tests done in hospital.
Some with recurrent heartburn have a hiatus hernia - when part of the stomach slides through the diaphragm into your chest.
A A HIATUS hernia forms when a little part of the stomach pushes through the diaphragm and causes acid to enter the gullet, causing a burning sensation.
A IF you can't lie flat and need many pillows, it may be because fluid is building up in your lungs at night, or because acid regurgitates into your oesophagus (gullet) due to a hiatus hernia.
It is said to be highly-effective at relieving such conditions as irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, ulcers and hiatus hernia.
Q I'VE had advice from a dietician about my hiatus hernia but she told me it could take weeks before I'd notice changes.