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Overview

Bile Acid Diarrhoea

Urgent advice: Ask for an urgent GP appointment if:

  • new onset gut symptoms
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blood in your stool
  • waking up at night to open your bowels

Overview

Bile Acid Diarrhoea is often referred to as Bile Acid Malabsorption or Bile Salt Malabsorption

Bile Acid Diarrhoea (BAD) is a type of chronic diarrhoea  which is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people.  It can be a very painful, embarrassing and debilitating condition causing numerous episodes of watery and urgent bowel motions sometimes resulting in faecal accidents.

The most common symptoms are:

  • numerous bowel movements a day often occurring
    during the night
  • urgently needing the toilet / having accidents
    (also known as faecal incontinence)
  • painful, watery and explosive chronic diarrhoea
  • foul smelling diarrhoea which is yellow often with a greasy appearance
  • excessive wind
  • painful stomach cramps
  • moderate to severe bloating