Hernia - hiatal

Alternative names
Hiatal hernia

Definition
Hiatal hernia is a condition in which a portion of the stomach protrudes upward into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the sheet of muscle used in breathing that separates the chest from the abdomen.

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Last revised: December 2, 2012
by Arthur A. Poghosian, M.D.

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