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Penn Gastroenterology Q&As

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Do Liver Hemangiomas Interfere With Liver Function?

Question:
Do liver hemangiomas interfere with liver function?

Answer:
A hepatic hemangioma, or hemangioma of the liver, is a noncancerous liver tumor consisting of dilated blood vessels. In rare cases, hemangiomas can interfere with organ function or may cause bleeding, depending on their location. Karen Krok, MD is a Penn hepatologist, a physician specializing in diseases of the liver, who can evaluate your condition.

To schedule an appointment, please call 800-789-PENN or request an appointment online.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Can Sever Coughing Affect Paraesohageal Hernia?

Question:
Can severe coughing spells cause my paraesophageal hernia to strangulate?

Answer:
A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper stomach moves through the diaphragm, into the chest. A paraesophageal hernia is a type of hiatal hernia in which a portion of the stomach is squeezed into the chest beside the esophagus, with a risk of complications. Strangulation of tissue in the area of the hernia can occur due to lack of blood flow. Coughing generally increases pressure on a hernia, which can cause the condition to worsen.

To learn more about the risks and prevention of hernia strangulation, I recommend that you consult with a physician. Gary W. Falk, MD, is a Penn gastroenterologist who specializes in esophageal disorders. He would be happy ton consult with you.

To make an appointment, please call 800-789-PENN (7366) or request an appointment online.