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UCLA Center for Esophageal Disorders

Conditions and Treatments

Esophageal Conditions and Treatments

Esophageal Conditions

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs when the stomach pushes up into the chest cavity around the esophagus. Hiatal hernias are often caused by weakened muscles around the hiatus, which is an opening in the diaphragm through which the esophagus passes and connects to the stomach.

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