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Associate Professor Bernd Ablassmaier
What Is Heartburn?
Heartburn is a caustic pain in the upper abdomen behind the breast bone, combined with a sour and bitter taste which rises in the esophagus along the neck.
Heartburn is caused by the reflux of stomach contents – a mixture of food and gastric acid. The esophagus, coated with a sensitive mucous membrane, is affected by the acid. The results are inflammations and lesions which can be extremely painful, and the cause for a burning sensation.
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Hiatal hernia (hiatus hernia)
In most cases, severe heartburn that persists for several years is caused by an anatomical disorder. The esophagus runs through the diaphragm, which in turn is firmly clasped around the esophagus. If the passage point of the esophagus is dilated the condition is called hiatal hernia. Yet, if the sphincter at the lower end of the esophagus is intact, the hiatal hernia usually does not cause any discomfort.