Probiotics and liver disease

Anish A Sheth, Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao
Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology 2008, 42: S80-4
Modulation of intestinal flora through the use of probiotics is an emerging therapeutic strategy in the management of chronic liver diseases. This article focuses on the pathophysiologic basis for using probiotics in liver disease and reviews the existing literature on the subject. The role of probiotics is examined in the following areas: a) prevention of infection, b) the hyperdynamic circulatory state of cirrhosis, c) hepatic encephalopathy, d) liver function, and e) nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

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