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A 41-year-old female asked:

After endoscopy, my doc said i have bile reflux. so my symptoms of bitter taste, nape pain, ear ache is due to bile reflux and not acid reflux?

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Dr. Shaban Faruqui
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Symptoms overlap: le reflux and gastric acid reflux are separate conditions. Whether bile is important in GERD is controversial. Bile is often suspected of contributing to GERD when people respond incompletely or not at all to powerful acid-suppressant medications. But there is little evidence pinpointing the effects of bile reflux in people.Unlike gastric acid reflux, bile reflux can't be completely controlled .
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Last updated May 29, 2019


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