Gut Bacteria May Change Rapidly After Severe Injury7 months ago
Posted on Nov 13, 2017, 12 p.m.
After a severe traumatic injury, the composition of a patient's intestinal bacteria quickly changes -- a phenomenon that could affect the patient's prognosis, new research suggests.
“The more research, the more evidence is found that Gut Bacteria is as important as almost anything to keeping us healthy. It only makes sense that an injury could throw off our “microbiome.” The gut’s bacteria is delicate balancing act we all have to figure out if we want to live long healthy lives. I believe that his kind of research is more important now than ever in that many other conditions are probably misdiagnosed that are really symptoms of GI issues,” said Dr. Ronald Klatz, President of the A4M.
(HealthDay News) -- After a severe traumatic injury, the composition of a patient's intestinal bacteria quickly changes -- a phenomenon that could affect the patient's prognosis, new research suggests.
The finding that the gut's so-called "microbiome" experiences a depletion in the presence of some bacteria and an increase in the presence of others came from a small investigation, involving 12 critically injured adults. The patients were aged 20 to 85.
Stool samples were collected from each person three times: when they were admitted to the hospital, and then 24 and 72 hours later. The samples were compared with those from 10 other patients who had not sustained traumatic injury.
Samples taken at the time of admission were similar in both groups. But within 24 hours, differences started to show, the investigators found. By 72 hours, three types of bacteria were depleted in the traumatic injury group, relative to the non-injury group, and the levels of two other types of bacteria had risen.
"The short time-course in which such alterations occur is also notable -- such relatively rapid alterations in intestinal microbiota represent a critical and previously unrecognized phenomenon that may influence clinical course and outcomes after severe trauma," the study authors wrote in the report.
The study was published online Oct. 23 in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open.
The study team, led by Dr. Benjamin Howard from the department of surgery at San Francisco General Hospital, said more research is needed to further explore the phenomenon.
But the researchers added that the findings so far point to the possibility that intestinal bacterial composition could in some way be critical to patient outcomes after a traumatic injury.
Theoretically, that could ultimately point the way toward interventions -- such as administering probiotic regimens -- that might help improve patient outcomes after injury, the authors suggested in a journal news release.
Learn more about gut bacteria from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
-- Alan Mozes
SOURCE: Trauma Surgery and Acute Care Open, news release, Oct. 23, 2017
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