A home health nurse is examining a patient with a hiatal hernia. Which of the following would the nurse note as a classic sign of hiatal hernias?

There is no classic sign or symptom.

Explanation

• Hiatal hernias often cause vague symptoms that can resemble the symptoms of many disorders. Dull chest pain, shortness of breath, reflux, heartburn, and heart palpitations are all symptoms of hiatal hernias, but can be present in a number of diseases.

• A hiatal hernia is when a portion of the stomach herniates through the diaphragm, into the thorax.

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