A hiatal hernia is a condition in which the upper part of your stomach bulges through an opening in your diaphragm. Your diaphragm is the thin muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen. Your diaphragm helps keep acid from coming up into your esophagus. Your diaphragm has a small opening (hiatus) through which your food tube (esophagus) passes before connecting to your stomach. In a hiatal hernia, the stomach pushes up through that opening and into your chest. A small hiatal hernia usually doesn't cause problems. You may never know you have one unless your doctor discovers it when checking for another condition. But a large hiatal hernia can allow food and acid to back up into your esophagus, leading to heartburn. Self-care measures or medications can usually relieve these symptoms. A very large hiatal hernia might require surgery. Symptoms Most small hiatal hernias cause no signs or symptoms. But larger hiatal hernias can cause: Heartburn Regurgitation of food or liquids into the mouth Backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus (acid reflux) Difficulty swallowing Chest or abdominal pain Shortness of breath Vomiting of blood or passing of black stools, which may indicate gastrointestinal bleeding
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