Friendly Bacteria Helps to Avoid Complications

Ulcerative colitis patients who have their colons removed are less likely to develop complications if treated with probiotics.

Friendly Bacteria Helps to Avoid Complications
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Removal of the colon, and connection of the small intestine to the rectum, cuts out the inflamed portion and relieves symptoms, yet, often a complication called pouchitis can occur, causing increased stool frequency, rectal bleeding, fever & pain.

At the University of Bologna, Italy, researchers have found that giving patients a prescribed amount of probiotics 'good bacteria' that help colonise the gut in a healthy way – reduces the risk of pouchitis after surgery. The daily dose of bacteria contained 900 billion organisms, consisting of four strains of Lactobacillus , three strains of Bifidobacterium and one of Streptococcus salivarius . Just ten% of those on probiotics developed pouchitis, compared to 40% of those on placebo.

Pouchitis is commonly treated with antibiotics but, if it becomes chronic, the patient may be faced with long-term treatment, which raises the threat of side effects & resistance. Probiotic treatment is a much better option.

31 July 2013