Causes, symptoms and treatment of Hiatus hernia

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Hiatus hernia is the protrusion of a portion of the stomach into the thoracic (chest) cavity due to a weakening or rupture of the diaphragm. The protrusion and compression of the stomach causes a range of gastrointestinal symptoms.

Causes  

Obesity

Pregnancy

Smoking

Physical exertion and strain (similar factors that can contribute to an inguinal hernia)

Chronic respiratory disorders with persistent coughing

Surgical procedures affecting the diaphragm

Congenital deformity

Symptoms

Pain or discomfort after eating

Sensation of ‘fullness’ after little meals

Belching

Indigestion

Heartburn a

Acidic taste in mouth

Tenderness in the upper left quadrant of the abdomen.

Diagnosis

An x-ray is a useful tool in diagnosing the disease condition.

Diet and Remedies in Hiatus Hernia

Do away with any carbonated drinks which are capable of expanding the stomach cavity thereby aggravating the pain and discomfort of a hiatal hernia. Acidic foods and caffeinated drinks may also aggravate your hiatus hernia. Also, foods that may aggravate GERD and bloating should be avoided.

Treatment

Surgical intervention

 



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