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Effect of 4′galactooligosaccharide on constipation symptoms

Overview of attention for article published in Jornal de Pediatria, November 2015
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Effect of 4′galactooligosaccharide on constipation symptoms
Published in
Jornal de Pediatria, November 2015
DOI 10.1016/j.jped.2015.01.010
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Célia A.V. Beleli, Maria A.R.G.M. Antonio, Rosângela dos Santos, Gláucia M. Pastore, Elizete A. Lomazi


Fructooligosacharides and galactooligosacharides soften fecal bolus and increase frequency of depositions when added to infant formula. This study aimed to determine the effects of galactooligosaccharide in pediatric patients with chronic constipation. From 2010 to 2012, 20 constipated patients (4-16 years of age) attended to at a primary healthcare unit were enrolled in a double-blinded, placebo-controlled crossover trial. Eleven children ingested galactooligosaccharide (1.7g) for 30 days, followed by a 15-day washout period, and a 30-day period of placebo (maltodextrin). Nine patients ingested maltodextrin for 30 days, followed by 15-day washout period, and galactooligosaccharide (1.7g) for 30 days. Constipation symptoms were considered as primary outcomes: bowel movements/week, straining during defecation, and stool consistency. Outcome symptoms were ranked according to a numerical scale elaborated for this study. Data were recorded at baseline, and on days 15 and 30 of each 30-day crossover period. Repeated-measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to analyze symptoms along time. At baseline, there was no significant difference in symptoms severity between groups (p=0.45). Galactooligosaccharide ingestion was related to increase of the bowel movement frequency, p<0.0001; relief of defecation straining, p<0.0001; and decrease in stool consistency, p=0.0014, compared to placebo ingestion. Patients reported no side effects from galactooligosaccharide. Galactooligosaccharide was effective at improving clinical symptoms in this group of constipated children.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Colombia 1 2%
Unknown 55 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 12 21%
Student > Bachelor 7 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 11%
Other 6 11%
Student > Master 5 9%
Other 11 20%
Unknown 9 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 11 20%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 10 18%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 11%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 7%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 3 5%
Other 12 21%
Unknown 10 18%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 17. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 September 2017.
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