A 22-year-old male asked:
Will long-term use of lactulose cause sibo,pneumatosis cystoides intestinalis?
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Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Colonic bacteria metabolize lactulose into monosaccharide, fatty acids, hydrogen, methane. Lactulose is not administered chronically, mainly used to prevent Liver encephalopathy. In prolonged use lactulose can change the gut flora and give rise to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Large amount of gas produced can cause pnematosis. Cystoidis is when gas is all around the colon. Hope it help
Answered Mar 24, 2021
Last updated Mar 24, 2021
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