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Full Question: I had an MRI early last week and received a call from my doctor today with the results. Since I was on my way to work at the time, I wasn't able to write down the exact phrase he used. What he told me surprised me - he said everything looked normal, but that the MRI showed a small hernia at the back of my brain that was putting pressure on my spinal cord. I'm planning to make an appointment with a neurosurgeon as soon as the weekend is over. I was hoping for any insight you could offer as to what I might expect from this process, as well as information on what might've caused the hernia (my doctor didn't mention anything as a cause for it). Christy. Answer: Dear Christy; Your physician may be referring to something called an Arnold-Chiari malformation. These can be associated with headaches or not at all. Causes included being born with it or trauma, as in brain injury. I've seen a number of case who had surgery and still had the head...
I suffer from reflux, underwent an upper GI series, and have been told that I have a paraesophageal hiatal hernia. I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist, but my internist said that I might need surgery. My symptoms aren't that bad. Should I be concerned?
Hiatal hernias are defects in the diaphragm that allow the stomach to slide up into the chest. While they can cause heartburn, generally this is controlled with medications and surgery is not needed. The stomach moves up through the diaphragm right underneath the esophagus. That type of hernia is called a sliding hiatal hernia. The much rarer type, paraesophageal hernia, occurs when the stomach goes through the diaphragm next to the esophagus. Paraesophageal hernias generally tend to enlarge with time, and sometimes the entire stomach is found within the chest. Most patients with a paraesophageal hernia remain asymptomatic. In this type of hernia, symptoms from acid reflux usually do not occur. Instead, the most commo...
About a month ago, an adult family member told me he was experiencing severe acid reflux symptoms for the first time in his life. After a visit to his family doctor and a barium x-ray at his local hospital, it was determined the cause of his reflux symptoms was a hiatal hernia. For those of you who may also be experiencing acid reflux symptoms due to a hiatal hernia, the following are some fast facts to help you to begin to understand the issues.
What is a hiatal hernia?
A hernia occurs when one part of the body protrudes through a gap or opening into another part. A hiatal hernia is located at the opening of the diaphragm where the esophagus joins the stomach. Part of the stomach pushes through, causing a hiatal hernia.
What are the symptoms?
If you have a small hiatal hernia, you may not even know it, and you may not have any symptoms. However, a large hiatal hernia can allow food and acid to back up into you esophagus, leading to heartburn and chest pain. You may al...
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