Hong Kong Med J 2010;16:213-8 | Number 3, June 2010
Probiotics: current trends in the treatment of diarrhoea
Sujatha S Narayan, Sharmila Jalgaonkar, S Shahani, Vijaya N Kulkarni
K J Somaiya Medical College, Sion, Mumbai, India
In recent years, research into and public interest in probiotics and probiotic foods have risen. Lactobacilli and bifidobacterium are the most commonly used probiotics while yoghurt and kefir are popular foods containing probiotics. Probiotics have been used to manage diarrhoea. Many things cause diarrhoea, including bacterial, viral and protozoal infections, radiation and antibiotic therapy. Different studies have found that probiotics may also enhance the immune response, reduce serum cholesterol, prevent colonic cancer, prevent dental caries, prevent ulcers due to Helicobacter pylori, maintain urogenital health, and ameliorate hepatic encephalopathy. Further studies are required to establish their role in these conditions.
Key words: Bifidobacterium; Clostridium difficile; Diarrhea; Lactobacillus; Probiotics
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