Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 156–160 | Cite as

Hiatal hernia and chronic unremitting asthma

  • Gerald W. Friedland
  • Minoru Yamate
  • Vincent A. Marinkovich


An incidence of hiatal hernia of 48.1% was found among 54 children suffering from “chronic unremitting asthma” compared to 13.5% among 74 controls, clearly showing that herniae are more common in asthmatics (P<0.001). In asthmatic children herniae were more common in those patients whose height and weight approached the mean for their age and sex (0.01<P<0·02; P<0.001 respectively). Asthmatic patients who had normal oesophagi were generally short and underweight. By contrast, no significant difference could be found in controls with and without hiatal herniae with respect to height and weight. The patients' ages, duration of symptoms, and results of respiratory function tests were similar in asthmatic children with and without herniae. The possible clinical implications of these findings are discussed.

Key words

Asthma, hiatal hernia Mendelson's syndrome aspiration pneumonia cystic fibrosis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald W. Friedland
    • 1
  • Minoru Yamate
    • 1
  • Vincent A. Marinkovich
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology and Paediatrics, Children's Hospital at StanfordStanford University School of MedicineStanfordUSA

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