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A hiatal hernia is a type of hernia in which abdominal organs (typically the stomach ) slip through the diaphragm into the middle compartment of the chest .   This may result in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) with symptoms such as a taste of acid in the back of the mouth or heartburn .   Other symptoms may include trouble swallowing and chest pains .  Complications may include iron deficiency anemia , volvulus , or bowel obstruction .