Probioticsmay help pouchitis

Some people with ulcerative colitis need to have part of their bowel removed and a loop of bowel constructed in its place. This loop, or pouch, can sometimes become inflamed, leading todiarrhoea and other problems. This is known as "pouchitis".

Small studies have shown that adding sachets of a probiotic preparation called VSL#3 to drinks or yoghurtscan help treat pouchitis . However, more research is needed before it can be recommended as an effective treatment.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018