A ‘hiatus hernia’ is also known as a ‘hiatal hernia’ and occurs when the upper part of the stomach pushes up through the diaphragm and into chest region. It rarely produces noticeable symptoms but it can lead to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). GORD occurs when a hiatus hernia prevents the valve at the bottom of the oesophagus from working properly, causing it to leak stomach acid into the oesophagus. This condition generally occurs in people who are over 50 years old.
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