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Postgrad Med J. 2002 Jun;78(920):366-7.

Yoghurt biotherapy: contraindicated in immunosuppressed patients?

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Department of Respiratory Medicine, 2nd Floor OPD, Western General Hospital, Crewe Road South, Edinburgh EH4 2XU, Scotland, UK.

Abstract

A fatal case of Lactobacillus rhamnosus septicaemia after prolonged oral vancomycin for recalcitrant Clostridium difficile infection is reported. The patient was immunosuppressed with cyclophosphamide and steroids for Sjögren's syndrome. The administration of Lactobacillus spp as "biotherapy" may be hazardous in such circumstances.

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