Symptoms Of Hiatal Hernia Include Back Pain

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A hernia occurs when part of an internal organ or body part protrudes through an opening into another area where it shouldn't. A hiatal hernia is named for the hiatus, an opening in the diaphragm between your chest and your stomach. Normally, the esophagus (the tube that carries food to the stomach) goes through this opening. In a hiatal hernia, part of the stomach and/or the section where the stomach joins the esophagus (called the gastroesophageal junction) slips through the...

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