Basically everyone has a HH. They have to in order for the esophagus to get into the chest. Now if that hernia gets enlarged, then there is a problem.
The esophagus doesn't just attach to the diaphragm, it goes through a hole in it....hernia. It is also called a hiatus, but in basic terms it's just a small hernia that is natural. Unlike when the muscles split apart unnaturally.
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