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How similar are the symptoms of Barrett's esophagus and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

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The symptoms of Barrett's esophagus are the same as those of GERD, although often more severe. These symptoms include a burning sensation under the chest and acid regurgitation. These symptoms generally decrease with drugs that reduce acid in the stomach. Some people with Barrett's esophagus may not have any symptoms at all.

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What is the only way to confirm the diagnosis of Barrett's esophagus?

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