Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology
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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 150-152

Probiotics: An overview and their role in inflammatory bowel disease


Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Riyadh Military Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ebtissam S Almeghaiseeb
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, Riyadh Military Hospital (B 90), PO Box 7897, Riyadh 11159
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-3767.33471

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In recent years, novel insights have been gained into the role of bacterial microflora in health and disease. Commensal flora manipulation by probiotic bacteria has been investigated in human and experimental inflammatory bowel disease. Various probiotic species have shown promise in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and pouchitis in small studies, although a clear clinical benefit remains to be established.


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