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Hiatal Hernias - From Diagnosis to Surgery


Updated June 11, 2014

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When is a Hiatal Hernia an Emergency?

When Is an Hiatal Hernia an Emergency?

In rare circumstances, this type of hernia can become an emergency situation if the esophagus becomes “kinked” making it impossible for food to travel from the mouth into the stomach. This complication is rare, but is considered an emergency, requiring surgery to be performed quickly.

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