A hiatus hernia, or hiatal hernia, is when part of the stomach presses up into the breast with an opening in the diaphragm. A hiatus hernia itself seldom has any visible symptoms. GORD is where stomach acid leakages into the gullet. If a hiatus hernia stops the valve at the bottom of the gullet from functioning appropriately, it can occur. You need to see your GP if you have regular and severe symptoms of GORD. It's not precisely clear what causes hiatus hernia, however it might be the outcome of the diaphragm ending up being weak with age, or pressure on the abdomen. Hiatus hernia can in some cases occur in newborns if the stomach or diaphragm does not develop effectively.
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