All You Need To Know About Sliding Hernia.
Any time an internal body part pushes into an area where it doesn't belong, it's called a hernia.
In a sliding (hiatal) hernia, the stomach and the section of the esophagus that joins the stomach slide up into the chest through the hiatus.
Sliding hernia affects up to 60 percent of people by the time theyâ€™re 60 years old.
A sliding hernia (type 1) is the most common and accounts for up to 95% of all hiatal hernias. (1)
- Age, pregnancy, obesity, and ascites are risk factors
- May require CT or MRI scan
- Oesophagogastroduodenoscopy (OGD) is the standard investigation
Patients with sliding hernia usually experience heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux. Treatment is essential because the reflux damages the lining of the esophagus.
A sliding hernia is self-diagnosable. Symptoms include:
- Severe pain in the chest or abdomen.
- Trouble swallowing.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Unable to have a bowel movement or pass gas.
- Heartburn related to gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.
- Changing the diet: Eat smaller meals several times a day instead of three large meals.
- Avoid eating meals or snacks a few hours before going to bed.
- Requires an x-ray and an endoscopy.
- Over-the-counter antacids, H2-receptor blockers, and proton pump inhibitors.
- Laparoscopic surgery in case of complications.
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