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Hiatal Hernia (cont.)

Hiatal Hernia Outlook

If treated appropriately and lifestyle changes are made, you can minimize the effects of a hiatal hernia. If left untreated, complications can arise such as a strangulated hiatal hernia.

  • For hiatal hernia associated with GERD, complications can include bleeding, perforation of the esophagus, and a greatly increased risk for esophageal cancer (one of the more serious forms of cancer).

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/7/2014
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