11 November, 2023

Anemia and Hiatal Hernias: Unveiling the Connection



Hiatal Hernias and Anemia


Let’s explore the intricate link between hiatal hernias and anemia. Understanding this connection is crucial for anyone with a hiatal hernia and anemia of unknown origin. Did you know that fixing a hiatal hernia can cure your anemia? Read on for more information!

The Basics:

A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach protrudes into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm, known as the hiatus. While hiatal hernias themselves might not directly cause anemia, certain complications associated with them can lead to this blood disorder.


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 Cameron Lesions:

Enter Cameron Lesions – small erosions or ulcers that develop at the junction of a hiatal hernia and the stomach. These lesions can lead to chronic, slow bleeding, which, over time, may result in iron deficiency anemia. The constant irritation and erosion caused by the hernia against the stomach lining contribute to this gastrointestinal issue.

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The Research Connection:

Understanding the Mechanism:

Research has shown that the chronic irritation caused by Cameron Lesions can lead to ongoing blood loss, mainly in the form of occult (hidden) bleeding. This occult bleeding is often insidious, gradually depleting the body’s iron stores and leading to iron-deficiency anemia.


The Role of Iron:

Iron is a crucial component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen throughout the body. When the body loses iron through chronic bleeding, it struggles to produce enough healthy red blood cells, resulting in anemia.


Hiatal Hernia Repair and Anemia Cure:

Surgical Intervention:

Recent studies have shed light on the effectiveness of hiatal hernia repair in resolving anemia associated with Cameron Lesions. Surgical correction of the hernia eliminates the chronic irritation and subsequent bleeding, addressing the root cause of the anemia.


Patient Success Stories:

Numerous patient testimonials highlight the positive impact of hiatal hernia repair on their anemia. After undergoing surgical intervention to correct the hernia and treat Cameron Lesions, many individuals experienced a significant improvement in their iron levels and overall well-being. Their anemia resolves as well as the common symptoms of the hernia including heartburn, GERD, regurgitation, and more.



In conclusion,  hiatal hernias can not only cause typical symptoms of heartburn, GERD and regurgitation but can also cause Cameron Lesions leading to subtle anemia. Understanding this mechanism, hiatal hernia repair is recommended in symptomatic patients or those with anemia. If you or someone you know is dealing with hiatal hernias and anemia book an appointment with us today.