Symbiotic treatment in hospitalized patients: impact on constipation

  • Sandramara Sasso
  • Fabiane LaFlor Ziegler Sanches
  • Rosângela dos Santos Ferreira
  • Rita de Cássia Avellaneda Guimarães Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS)
Palavras-chave: constipation, prebiotics, probiotics.


The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of symbiotic treatment on intestinal function in constipated hospitalized patients. The study where with 24 constipated patients of both sexes in a hospital environment were randomized into two groups to receive maltodextrin (control group) and symbiotic treatment (experimental group) daily for 7 days. In relation to defecation frequency, there was no statistical difference between the groups. The percentage of patients who had no evacuation report in the experimental group decreased on days 1 (66.7%), 4 (41.7%) and 7 (33.3%), while the control group did not show such effect. It was found that symbiotic treatment did not lead to an increase in abdominal symptoms in either the experimental or placebo group. The present study showed that symbiotic treatment for 7 days is insufficient to achieve significant results, especially in defecation frequency and stool consistency and shape.

Biografia do Autor

Sandramara Sasso
Mestre. Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul. Programa de Residência Multiprofissional: Atenção ao Paciente Crítico/ PREMUS/UFMS. CEP: 79900-000, Campo Grande, MS, Brasil E-mail:
Fabiane LaFlor Ziegler Sanches
Doutora. Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul. CEP: 79900-000, Campo Grande, MS, Brasil. E-mail:
Rosângela dos Santos Ferreira
Doutora. Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul. CEP: 79900-000, Campo Grande, MS, Brasil. E-mail:
Rita de Cássia Avellaneda Guimarães, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS)

Doutora. Programa de Pós Graduação em Saúde e Desenvolvimento na Região Centro-Oeste. Faculdade de Medicina. Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul. CEP: 79900-000, Campo Grande, MS, Brasil. E-mail:


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