Bacteriotherapy may be useful in treating bacterial vaginosis

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7321.1128 (Published 10 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1128
  1. David Taylor-Robinson, emeritus professor,
  2. Isobel Rosenstein, food policy development and scientific secretariat coordinator (irosenstein@phls.org.uk)
  1. Imperial College School of Medicine, St Mary's Hospital, Winston Churchill Wing, London W2 1NY
  2. Public Health Laboratory Service Headquarters, London NW9 5DF

    EDITOR—The editorial by Huovinen on bacteriotherapy is a reminder that the use of harmless bacteria to displace pathogenic ones is an alternative to the use of antibiotics for dealing with some infections, particularly those that are recurrent or persistent.1 He points out that this approach is not new: it dates back several decades, but it tended to lapse as potent antibacterial agents were developed.

    Nevertheless, recently it has been used with some success to treat recurrent otitis media and …

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