Bowel-associated dermatosis-arthritis syndrome after biliopancreatic diversion

Obes Surg. 2004 Jan;14(1):133-5. doi: 10.1381/096089204772787446.


The bowel-associated dermatosis-arthritis syndrome (BADAS), originally called the bowel bypass syndrome, and described after jejuno-ileal bypass, has subsequently been reported in association with inflammatory bowel disease and after gastric resection. BADAS has not been reported after biliopancreatic diversion (BPD). This case report describes a 47-year-old female who presented with recurrent skin rashes and arthralgia after a BPD, consistent with a clinical diagnosis of BADAS which was confirmed by skin biopsy. To date, she has been managed with cyclical courses of antibiotics without reversal of her surgery. This syndrome may be under-diagnosed and is a condition with which bariatric surgeons should be familiar.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / etiology*
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion*
  • Body Mass Index
  • C-Reactive Protein
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Skin Diseases / etiology*
  • Syndrome


  • C-Reactive Protein