04 Sep Leaky Gut Syndrome – A problem in HIV positive patients
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have just released a study in PLOS Pathogens that concludes leaky gut syndrome is a problem in HIV positive patients. What they found is that these patients frequently develop abnormalities in the tight junctions along the epithelial surface of the colon. This defect allows bacterial to leak through the colon resulting in inflammation. Why this is so prevalent in HIV positive patients is unknown but it is likely a result of either the antiretroviral drugs or the disease itself, or maybe both. The research concludes that HIV-positive patients with symptoms should consider testing and treatment alternatives.