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Digestive Disorders

Sliding Hiatal Hernia Symptoms

11/24/2009

Question:

I have been diagnosed with a sliding hiatal hernia, GERD and esophagitis. A motility test indicated nonspecific esphageal motility. I have had chest pains, shortness of breath, astmatic symptoms, a feeling of bloating, pressure, or fullness,essentially the full cadre. I have been on every antacid known to man with very little relief. I have been evaluated cardilogically (echo, stress test, EKG`s) with normal results. Can the hernia be causing all this? Is surgery a good option given this scenario?

Answer:

Most definitely a hernia can be the root of all your problems. A surgeon visit would be helpful to explain risks and benefits of fixing hernia and then you can decide with full information whether it would be useful or not.

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Response by:

Annette  Kyprianou, MD Annette Kyprianou, MD
Senior Clinical Instructor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University