Definition of Hiatal hernia

1. Noun. Hernia resulting from the protrusion of part of the stomach through the diaphragm.

Exact synonyms: Diaphragmatic Hernia, Hiatus Hernia
Generic synonyms: Hernia, Herniation

Medical Definition of Hiatal hernia

1. A type of hernia that occurs when a portion of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm (where the oesophagus normally passes through). Obesity and smoking are considered risk factors. Hiatal hernia is often associated with reflux oesophagitis. Symptoms include heartburn, difficulty swallowing, chest pain and belching. Treatment includes H2 antagonists, antacids and medications which strengthen the lower oesophageal sphincter. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hiatal Hernia

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hi test
hi there
hiatal hernia (current term)
hiatus adductorius
hiatus aorticus
hiatus canalis facialis
hiatus canalis nervi petrosi majoris
hiatus canalis nervi petrosi minoris
hiatus ethmoidalis
hiatus hernia
hiatus maxillaris
hiatus oesophageus
hiatus of canal for greater petrosal nerve
hiatus of canal of lesser petrosal nerve

Literary usage of Hiatal hernia

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Digestive Diseases of the U. S.: Epidemiology and Impact edited by James E. Everhart (1994)
"The adult, nontraumatic, acquired form of a hiatal hernia concerns ... Sliding Hiatal Hernia. This is by far the most frequent type of diaphragmatic hernia. ..."

2. Bound for Good Health: A Collection of Age Pages (1993)
"hiatal hernia is a condition in which part of the stomach slides up through the diaphragm (a thin muscle that separates the abdominal cavity from the chest ..."

3. Ending the War Metaphor: The Changing Agenda for Unraveling the Host-Microbe by Forum on Microbial Threats, Institute of Medicine (U.S.) (2006)
"The results showed that for persons with a normal esophagus, it was 33 percent, for hiatal hernia, 14 percent; esophagitis, ..."

4. Code of Federal Regulations by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Staff (2005)
"... relief of hyperacidity associated with the diagnosis of peptic ulcer, gastritis, peptic esophagitis, gastric hyperacidity, and hiatal hernia. ..."

5. Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention by DIANE Publishing Company (1996)
"Most of these patients also have a hiatal hernia; furthermore, the use of xanthines may increase the likelihood of symptoms by relaxing the lower esophageal ..."

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