Bile acid diarrhoea (BAD) patient information sheet (English)

What is bile acid diarrhoea?

BAD is a type of chronic diarrhoea, caused by excess bile acids reaching the colon. It can be a very painful and debilitating condition causing numerous episodes of watery and urgent bowel motions sometimes resulting in faecal accidents.

At present there is no known cure for BAD, it is lifelong chronic condition. The good news though is that there are treatments available and dietary adaptations which can help control symptoms of BAD and significantly improve quality of life...


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Job number: JB01825UK Date of Preparation: May 2022

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How common is bile acid diarrhoea (BAD)?
Professor David S. Sanders 

How common is bile acid diarrhoea (BAD)?
Professor David S. Sanders 

Professor Sanders argues that many patients presenting with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have underlying diseases. He explores a series of studies that suggest approximately 25% of patients presenting with IBS symptoms have BAD as the underlying cause. 

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