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How is it Diagnosed?
In the UK a test called SeHCAT (Selenium Homocholic Acid Taurine) is most commonly used in specialist centres to confirm the diagnosis of BAD. It is a non-
Two scans are then undertaken, the first is undertaken 4 hours after swallowing the capsule. After 7 days a further body scan is undertaken to measure how well the synthetic bile acid has been retained or lost from the body. Before you have the test the hospital where you have been referred will contact you with further information about the test and advice on what to do if you are taking any medications.
The percentage of acids remaining gives an indication as to whether the patient has the condition or not. The typical range is above 15% and above indicates that bile acids are being recycled sufficiently. A percentage below 15% indicates that excessive bile acid is being lost from the body and both a diagnosis and severity of BAD can be confirmed:
Research is ongoing to determine whether there are any other ways to test for the condition such as blood or urine testing.