Bacterial flora as a cause or treatment of chronic diarrhea

Franco Scaldaferri, Marco Pizzoferrato, Silvia Pecere, Fabrizio Forte, Antonio Gasbarrini

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Intestinal microflora can be considered an organ of the body. It has several functions in the human gut, mostly metabolic and immunologic, and constantly interacts with the intestinal mucosa in a delicate equilibrium. Chronic diarrhea is associated with an alteration of gut microbiota when a pathogen invades the gut and also in several conditions associated with intestinal mucosal damage or bowel dysfunction, as in inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or small bowel bacterial overgrowth. This article discusses the basis of gut microbiota modulation. Evidence for the efficacy of gut microbiota modulation in chronic conditions is also discussed.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)581-602
Numero di pagine22
RivistaGastroenterology Clinics of North America
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2012


  • bacterial flora
  • chronic diarrhea


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