Review of probiotics available to modify gastrointestinal flora

M. R. Gismondo, L. Drago, A. Lombardi

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There is evidence that the oral consumption of micro-organisms produces a protective effect on the gut flora. A significant number of studies suggests that probiotics might have beneficial effects on several microbial disorders of the gut, but it is very difficult to define the clinical efficacy of such products. In this review, we report the results of studies on traveller's diarrhoea (TD), antibiotic associated diarrhoea (AAD) and acute diarrhoea (AD) in which various probiotic preparations have been used in controlled trials and been shown to have a beneficial therapeutic or prophylactic effect. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-292
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1999


  • Acute diarrhoea
  • Antibiotic associated diarrhoea
  • Probiotics
  • Traveller's diarrhoea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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