Intestinal bacterial overgrowth in liver cirrhosis: is it a predisposing factor for spontaneous ascitic infection?

TO THE EDITOR: Spontaneous ascitic infection (SAI) is a frequently encountered complication of liver cirrhosis. Intestinal bacterial overgrowth (IBO) due to impaired small intestinal motility and local defense systems may develop in patients with liver cirrhosis, and may play a role in the pathogenesis of SAI (1, 2). In previous studies, the frequency of… CONTINUE READING