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Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia is different from other types of hernias, because the abdominal contents protrude into the chest cavity through an opening in the diaphragm called the hiatus. Normally, the esophagus passes through the hiatus and attaches to the stomach. When the patient has a hiatal hernia, however, the stomach and other organs bulge up into the chest through that opening.

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If you suspect you have a hernia, or you have a protruding bulge near the groin or abdomen, it is important to seek immediate evaluation at the Los Angeles Hernia Center. Untreated hernias can lead to irreversible damage and the development of life-threatening complications, so time is of the essence.

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