The Cambridge Clostridium difficile Study
- The study was carried out at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
- 138 elderly patients requiring antibiotic therapy were divided into two equal groups.
- The first group received 25 billion Lab4 probiotics daily in conjunction with their prescribed antibiotics, for 20 days.
- The second group took a placebo with their prescribed antibiotics.
- The efficacy of Lab4 probiotics in the prevention of CDAD was assessed by recording bowel habit and analysing faecal samples.
- The patient group given Lab4 probiotics experienced a lower incidence of Clostridium difficile diarrhoea compared to the placebo group.
- This effect was due to a reduction in the presence of the Clostridium difficile toxin in the Lab4 probiotic group.
Plummer S et al 2004.
Clostridium difficile pilot study: effects of probiotic supplementation on the incidence of C. difficile diarrhoea.
International Microbiology, 7:59-62