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What is the difference between bile reflux and acid reflux...recently my 16 yr old dau was diagnosed with bile reflux saying it is caused from constipation? She had been treated by her main Dr for acid reflux Gastro Dr after upper & lower g.i. determined bile? Could it be her gallbladder? She gets abdonminal pain,feels like she has to vomit and feels as if she needs to BM? Weird.
Thanks for any info or experiences.
JF

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The difference between acid and bile reflux is in the fluid that flows backward. Just like the names state, in the acid reflux, stomach acids flow back to the esophagus and in the bile reflux, bile flows upward from the small intestine into the stomach and esophagus.
These two conditions may be connected and one may follow another. Since bile reflux goes into the stomach, it can cause inflammation and irritation there as well.
Bile reflux can be caused by constipation and unfortunately can’t be controlled by proper diet like acid reflux can. Most commonly, it is controlled with certain medications, most commonly ursodeoxycholic acid, which helps promote bile flow. If constipations is the culprit of the bile reflux, then medications for increasing food movement through the stomach is prescribed.
When any of the controlling techniques work, doctors may recommend a surgery. The most common procedure done to deal with bile reflux is called diversion surgery. In this procedure, a doctor created a new connection for bile to go down into the intestine, disabling it to go back into the stomach.
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