Journal article

Use of Probiotics in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease

AL Hart, AJ Stagg, MA Kamm

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL GASTROENTEROLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2003

Abstract

The gut flora plays a fundamental role in maintaining normal intestinal function. A disturbance of this flora, or the host response to this flora, has been clearly demonstrated to play a role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This has led to attempts to modify the bacterial flora with "live non-pathogenic organisms that confer health benefits by improving the microbial balance," otherwise known as probiotics. Recent attention has focused on this potential strategy to treat or prevent IBD. The potential therapeutic benefit is enhanced by the natural and apparently safe approach that probiotics offer. Animal models of colitis have provided the proof of principle that pro..

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