LMH Health experiencing telephone issues | Learn More
COVID-19 Resources: Keeping you safe | Vaccine Information | Visitor Policy and Hours
View All Services
Find a New Primary Care Provider
Search by Specialty
View All Locations
Discover classes, events, tours, and groups that fit your interests.
Home > Be Healthy > Health Library > Paraesophageal hernia
A hernia is tissue from inside the abdomen that bulges out through a weak spot in the muscles of the abdominal wall. In a paraesophageal hernia, the stomach bulges up through an opening in the diaphragm (hiatus) alongside the esophagus.
A paraesophageal hernia is not common. But it may occur when the opening in the diaphragm next to the esophagus is abnormally large. The stomach and, in rare cases, other abdominal organs (such as the intestine, spleen, or colon) may also bulge into the chest cavity with a paraesophageal hernia.
Paraesophageal hernias tend to get worse over time. Surgery is usually needed to treat the problem, especially if the hernia is causing symptoms.
Current as of: February 10, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Arvydas D. Vanagunas MD - Gastroenterology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2021 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.