Probiotics and Their Use in Diverticulitis

J Clin Gastroenterol. 2006 Aug;40 Suppl 3:S160-2. doi: 10.1097/01.mcg.0000225504.67547.d9.


Probiotics are live microorganisms that when ingested affect the intestinal microbial flora and benefit the health of the host. Probiotics have been shown to have a positive effect on various gastrointestinal and other conditions; however, the beneficial effect of probiotics on treating diverticulitis and diverticular disease has not yet been clearly demonstrated. In this paper, the theoretical framework for using probiotics to prevent or treat diverticular disease is reviewed, and two preliminary studies on the use of probiotics for maintenance of remission of uncomplicated diverticular disease are briefly summarized.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease Progression
  • Diverticulitis, Colonic / complications
  • Diverticulitis, Colonic / drug therapy*
  • Diverticulitis, Colonic / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Probiotics / therapeutic use*