Is IBS related to intestinal bacteria?
We live in the world full of bacteria and a world full of bacteria lives within us. Why? Because, the intestinal tract is the largest surface that connects the human body with the external environment. With more than 2000 square feet of the surface that is exposed to food and stuff that enter the body from mouth, it is not surprising that various groups of bacteria live in different parts of the GI tract. These bacteria are normal flora (good bacteria) and have a mutually helpful (symbiotic) relationship with the body. Recently, researchers have proposed that one of the culprits that cause IBS is an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the small and large intestine. In this review, the author tried to put together a summary of the history of the research in this field and the effect of treatment with antibiotic on this condition. This field is still in its infancy and growing rather fast. Current Treatment Options gastroenterology