Tauroselcholic [⁷⁵Se] Acid
Insights into how patients perceive their symptoms and outcomes in BAD
How patients experience BAD symptoms had not previously been studied. In 2016 a survey was conducted by patient groups and published to BMJ Open Gastroenterology.1 More specifically:
- Patients reported that their quality of life and productivity were negatively affected and they experienced lack of support at their work place.
- Symptoms had been experienced for more than 5 years before diagnosis in 44% of respondents.
- The symptoms included mostly diarrhoea, more specifically:
- in 80%, urgency
- in 85%, abdominal swelling/bloating,
- in 54%, pain,
- in 59%, at least occasional incontinence and
- in 88% also wind and tiredness.
- Patients reported also their experiences with healthcare professionals. Just over half of the cohort felt as though their symptoms had been dismissed during clinical consultations and 28% felt their GPs were unaware of BAD.
- Treatment improved physical and mental symptoms in the majority of participants.
The value of early diagnosis with SeHCAT
As BAD is likely under-diagnosed, it has significant impact not only on their physical and mental health but also on well-being.1
Early diagnosis of BAD is predicted to lead to decreased morbidity, increased quality of life and fewer referrals to the gastroenterologists.2,3
1. Bannaga A, et al. BMJ Open Gastroenterol 2016;3:e000116
2. Pattni S et al. Gut 2014;63:A258-9
3. Summers A, BMJ Open Gastro 2016;