Intest Res.  2011 Dec;9(3):171-178. 10.5217/ir.2011.9.3.171.

Effect of Probiotics on Intestinal Infections

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  • 1Department of Infectious Diseases, Kyorin University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. skamiya@ks.kyorin-u.ac.jp

Abstract

Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms that confer a health benefit on the host when consumed in adequate amounts, such as Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, Enterococcus, Lactococcus, Bifidobacterium, Bacillus, Clostridium, Saccharomyces, Aspergillus, and Escherichia coli species. Previous studies have reported beneficial effects of probiotics on intestinal infections, including Clostridium difficile antibiotic-associated diarrhea, rotavirus infection, traveler's diarrhea, and other bacterial enteric diseases. Although few studies have reported serious adverse effects from probiotics, more evidence-based research is required for an in-depth evaluation of probiotics in medical science.

Keyword

Probiotics; Infection; Clostridium difficile; Rotavirus; Traveler's diarrhea

MeSH Terms

Aspergillus
Bacillus
Bifidobacterium
Clostridium
Clostridium difficile
Diarrhea
Enterococcus
Escherichia coli
Insurance Benefits
Lactobacillus
Lactococcus
Probiotics
Rotavirus
Rotavirus Infections
Saccharomyces
Streptococcus
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