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Lactulose may help prevent urinary tract infections

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 20 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:936
  1. M Battle, specialist registrar,
  2. T Martin, preregistration house officer,
  3. J Fulton (, consultant physician
  1. Department of Health Care of the Elderly, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth PL6 8DH

    EDITOR—The study by Kontiokari et al did not show a significant reduction in the prevalence of urinary tract infection in women using a lactobacillus drink, but it did show a benefit of cranberry-lingonberry juice.1 They concluded that this lack of benefit may have been because they were unable to induce periurethral colonisation with lactobacilli.

    Most urinary tract infections are caused …

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