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Current Pediatric Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-3963
ISSN (Online): 1875-6336

Review Article

The Role of Probiotics in the Prevention of Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Author(s): Ivana Trivić, Ana Savić Mlakar and Iva Hojsak*

Volume 15, Issue 2, 2019

Page: [88 - 91] Pages: 4

DOI: 10.2174/1573396315666181224123223


Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a frequent and severe life-threatening disease affecting the gastrointestinal tract of preterm infants. Given that NEC occurs in a well-defined population of patients, there might be a considerable benefit in identifying specific pharmacological and nutritional preventive strategies, that could reduce the incidence of NEC. Amongst nutritional strategies emphasis has been put on the use of probiotics. Therefore, the aim of this review is to summarize currently available evidence on the role of probiotics in general, as well as the role of specific probiotic strains or their combinations, in the prevention of NEC.

Keywords: Premature infant, microbiota, sepsis, neonate, NEC, patients, probiotics.

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