Review of data supporting VSL#3® for the care of patients with an ileal pouch.
Conditions such as ulcerative colitis, if severe enough, may require that patients have surgery to remove the colon. Following surgery, an ileal pouch, or internal reservoir is often created using the patient's remaining bowel.
Pouchitis is an inflammation of the lining of the pouch and is believed to be related to an overgrowth of bacteria. Pouchitis can affect up to 50% of patients with an ileal pouch and is often recurrent. A common symptom of pouchitis is an increase in the number of daily bowel movements, also known as stool frequency.