Mallory Weiss syndrome is not associated with hiatal hernia: a matched case–control study

Juan E. Corral, Tara Keihanian, Paul T. Kröner, Ryan Dauer, Frank J. Lukens, Daniel A Sussman

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Background/objective: Hiatal hernia is considered to be a predisposing factor to develop Mallory-Weiss Syndrome (MWS). No large case–control studies verifying this hypothesis have been conducted. Methods: We reviewed all esophagogastroduodenoscopies with findings of MWS (n = 2342) in a national database and compared with age and gender-matched controls (n = 9368). Demographics, endoscopic characteristics and presence of a hiatal hernia were compared between both groups. Average age was 56.7 ± 18.6 years, and 72.4% were male. Results: Hiatal hernia was more common in controls, and no significant difference was seen in a multivariate analysis. Conclusion: Dynamic changes inducing mucosal tension are more relevant determinants to develop MWS than gastro-esophageal junction location alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)462-464
Number of pages3
JournalScandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 3 2017


  • esophagus
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • hiatal hernia
  • Mallory Weiss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Gastroenterology

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