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Diaphragmatic Hernia

Description of the disease

Diaphragmatic hernia is a condition in which part of the organs of the abdominal cavity (e.g. stomach) protrudes through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. This can cause various symptoms and requires medical intervention.


  • By the place of formation: congenital and acquired.
  • By the size of the opening in the diaphragm: small, medium, large.


  • Pain in the abdomen and/or chest;
  • Difficulty breathing;
  • Feeling of heaviness in the stomach after eating;
  • Vomiting;
  • Heart failure.


The causes of diaphragmatic hernia can be various, including trauma, weakness of the diaphragm, sudden increase in pressure in the abdominal cavity, and other factors.


Various methods, including X-ray, ultrasound, and CT, may be used to diagnose diaphragmatic hernia.


Treatment may include conservative methods (e.g. relieving stomach overload) or surgical intervention to close the defect in the diaphragm.


Prevention of diaphragmatic hernia is related to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, avoiding traumatic situations, and timely consultation with a doctor when symptoms appear.


Diaphragmatic hernia treatment is carried out by a surgeon or gastroenterologist.

Note: This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not medical advice.