A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes upward through your diaphragm. Your diaphragm normally has a small opening (hiatus) that allows your food tube (esophagus) to pass through on its way to connect to your stomach. The stomach can push up through this opening and cause a hiatal hernia. In most cases, a small hiatal hernia doesn't cause problems, and you may never know you have a hiatal hernia unless your doctor discovers it when checking for another condition. But a large hiatal hernia can allow food and acid to back up into your esophagus, leading to heartburn and chest pain.
Stomach polyps are small growths that stick out of the lining in your stomach. Most of them are benign and usually won't cause any symptoms besides stomach inflammation. I suspect the Doctor was referring to stomach polyps. Please do talk with your aunt's Doctor and ask for a written report of what was found on her tests.
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