Monday, July 16, 2007

Most small hiatal hernias show no symptoms

Most small hiatal hernias don't cause any problems and also will never symptoms only when your doctor discover when checking for condition. A large hiatal hernia will allow food and acid to back up into your esophagus, leading to heartburn and chest pain. This large hiatal hernias will sometimes needs surgical operation. Hiatal hernia are most cause in the abdominal area but sometimes it can develop elsewhere. It occur when one part of the body protrudes through a gap or opening into another part.

A hiatal hernia can contributed to gastroesophageal reflux. It happen when a hernia slightly displaces the lower esophageal sphincter. A hiatal hernia can also cause heartburn when our stomach becomes a reservoir for gastric acid, which can then easily travel up your esophagus. Most heartburn patients only discoverd through their doctor that they have hiatal hernias. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms are severe, occur often, or are accompanied by coughing, wheezing, asthma, a sore throat, difficulty swallowing or chest pain.