Probiotics and synbiotics for the prevention of postoperative infections following abdominal surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

@article{Lytvyn2016ProbioticsAS,
  title={Probiotics and synbiotics for the prevention of postoperative infections following abdominal surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.},
  author={Lyubov Lytvyn and Kevin Quach and Laura Banfield and Bradley C. Johnston and Dominik Mertz},
  journal={The Journal of hospital infection},
  year={2016},
  volume={92 2},
  pages={
          130-9
        }
}
BACKGROUND Postoperative infections, particularly surgical site infections (SSIs), cause significant morbidity and mortality. Probiotics or synbiotics are a potential prevention strategy. AIM To evaluate the efficacy of probiotics/synbiotics for reducing postoperative infection risk following abdominal surgery. METHODS We searched AMED, Central, CINAHL, Embase, Medline, and grey literature for randomized controlled trials of elective abdominal surgery patients administered probiotics or… CONTINUE READING
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