Hernia Hiatal Underlying Cause
Normally, the esophagus passes through a hole in the diaphragm, before attaching to the stomach. In a person with a hiatal hernia, part of the stomach slides through the opening in the diaphragm and enters the chest cavity.
Hiatal hernia may be caused by a birth defect in the diaphragm, or it may be caused by weakness of the muscles in the diaphragm that occurs with age.
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