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hiatus

Anatomy
1. a natural opening or aperture; foramen
2. a less common word for vulva

hiatus

[hī′ād·əs]
(anatomy)
A space or a passage through an organ.
(geology)
A gap in a rock sequence due to a lack of deposition of a bed or to erosion of beds.
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In patients with hiatal hernias, the proximal end of these gastric folds provided "a fixed, reproducible, anatomic landmark at endoscopy" and could be used as the mucosal EGJ that was, they believed, equivalent to the muscular EGJ.
Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.
2,3) Anatomic disruption of the GEJ, commonly associated with a hiatal hernia, is another mechanism that contributes to the pathogenesis of reflux disease by impairing LES function.
Along with a history of gastric surgery, they also examined age, gender, ethnicity, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, and the presence of hiatal hernia (a condition in which a portion of the stomach protrudes upward into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm).
Morehouse determined that admission to the hospital was necessary because the patient, who had a long history of hiatal hernia and hypertension, was exhibiting symptoms of upper gastrointestinal bleeding.
He had a hiatal hernia and a weakened lower esophageal sphincter.
Doctors believe that some people suffer from GERD due to a condition called hiatal hernia.
These results may be of significance to physicians who often prescribe caffeine in the treatment of anxiety, arrhythmia, esophagitis or hiatal hernia, insomnia, palpitations and tachycardia.
Example: "I think you have a hiatal hernia with esophageal reflux.
The committee, chaired by Pennsylvania Republican John Heinz, uncovered the case of a 68-year-old man who had been hospitalized for vomiting caused by a hiatal hernia that had also worsened his chronic emphysema.