WHAT IS AN HIATAL HERNIA?
A hiatal hernia or hiatus hernia is a problem that affects a part of the stomach and expands through a cleft located in the diaphragm. It is not known why this type of hernia, the reason could be due the support tissue and this risk increases with factors such as smoking, being overweight, the age. Hiatus hernias are a common condition, but it is more common in people over 50. Having hiatal hernia can cause gastric acid reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. When this condition is suffered by children is congenital and regularly is with gastroesophageal reflux in babies.
A hiatus hernia rarely produces symptoms, discomfort and pain are due to gas, bile, or gastric acid reflux.
The purpose of treatment is to alleviate symptoms and prevent complications, can change the patient’s habits in their lifestyle, prescribe drugs to control the stomach, medicine to strengthen the muscles in the lower esophagus and thus prevent the acid Return Symptoms can be regularly improved with treatment, although there are cases that may require surgery, if patients do not respond to treatment.
Complications such as slow bleeding and anemia, pulmonary aspiration, and strangulation or obstruction of the hernia may occur.
Consult your doctor if you have symptoms of hiatal hernia, remember that the sooner you have it checked, the less complicated and easier the solution will be.
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