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Intestinal Bacteria and Malabsorption

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University of Wisconsin Medical School
Madison, Wis.

Ann Intern Med. 1966;64(4):948-952. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-64-4-948
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The past decade has witnessed intense renewal of interest in relationships between man and the bacteria indigenous to his intestinal tract. Recent investigations of the role of enteric bacteria in nutrition, resistance to infection, shock, hepatic decompensation, strangulation obstruction of the intestine, and the response to irradiation suggest that these microorganisms constitute an important part of the host's environment. In the current issue of the ANNALS, Salen, Goldstein, and Wirts (1) describe a patient with scleroderma in whom intestinal malabsorption was associated with proliferation of bacteria within the small bowel. Similar findings have been presented in a preliminary report of


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