Probiotics and the gastrointestinal tract: Where are we in 2005?

Irit Chermesh, Rami Eliakim*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Probiotic agents are live microbes or components of microbes that have a positive effect on the host. They exert their action through interplay with the immune system of the host. Some of this effect is local and some is systemic. The full story is yet to be discovered. Probiotics have a definite positive effect on rotavirus diarrhea, post antibiotic diarrhea and pouchitis. Their exact role in inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, other forms of infectious diarrhea, and prevention of cancer is yet to be determined. This review summarizes the data about probiotics in these conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-857
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 14 Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Antibiotic associated diarrhea
  • Clostridium dificile
  • Crohn's disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Probiotics
  • Pseudomenbranous colitis
  • Rotavirus
  • Toll like receptor 9


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