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Liver abscess and bacteremia caused by lactobacillus: role of probiotics? Case report and review of the literature

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Title
Liver abscess and bacteremia caused by lactobacillus: role of probiotics? Case report and review of the literature
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BMC Gastroenterology, November 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12876-016-0552-y
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Muhammed Sherid, Salih Samo, Samian Sulaiman, Husein, Humberto Sifuentes, Subbaramiah Sridhar

Abstract

Lactobacilli are non-spore forming, lactic acid producing, gram-positive rods. They are a part of the normal gastrointestinal and genitourinary microbiota and have rarely been reported to be the cause of infections. Lactobacilli species are considered non-pathogenic organisms and have been used as probiotics to prevent antibiotic associated diarrhea. There are sporadic reported cases of infections related to lactobacilli containing probiotics. In this paper we discuss a case of an 82 year old female with liver abscess and bacteremia from lactobacillus after using probiotics containing lactobacilli in the course of her treatment of Clostridium difficile colitis. The Lactobacillus strain identification was not performed and therefore, both commensal microbiota and the probiotic product should be considered as possible sources of the strain. Lactobacilli can lead to bacteremia and liver abscesses in some susceptible persons and greater awareness of this potential side effect is warranted with the increasing use of probiotics containing lactobacilli.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 34 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 9 26%
Unspecified 5 15%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 15%
Student > Master 4 12%
Student > Postgraduate 3 9%
Other 8 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 9 26%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 18%
Unspecified 6 18%
Immunology and Microbiology 5 15%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 9%
Other 5 15%

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