A source for healthcare professionals to access the latest data and information on the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with gut related disorders

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A resource for gastroenterologists including a series of patient information sheets that can be e-mailed to, or printed out for patients.

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.

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What is irritable bowel disease?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to a group of disorders that cause chronic swelling and longterm inflammation of the digestive tract or gut.

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What is irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder of the colon which results in chronic, painful spasms. It can also cause bloating and either constipation or diahorrea, or sometimes both.

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How common is bile acid diarrhoea (BAD)?

Professor David S. Sanders 

There are a number of validated pathophysiological mechanisms for IBS, but why do many prescribed treatment not work effectively. Professor Sanders argues that many patients presenting with irritable bowel syndrome 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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