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Intestinal inflammation in nursing infants: different causes and a single treatment ... but of protected origin.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18788512     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Three case histories of nursing infants suffering from different forms of intestinal problems, who underwent special dietary therapy in order to solve situations that would be difficult to deal with using the special artificial milk varieties on the market, are presented. These children were administered a homemade food consisting ofParmigiano Reggiano cheese seasoned for at least 36 months, rice or maize custard and tapioca, sugar, maize oil. In the first case the diagnosis of "widespread nonspecific acute colitis" was made compatible with "antibiotic-associated colitis" and Clostridium difficile was isolated from the feces. The second case, under the suspicion of cow's milk allergy, was fed by soya and hydrolyzed milk with persitent disturbed alvus with greenish feces and mucus. The third case was represented by a nursing child with persistent diarrhoic alvus after an acute episode with subsequent intolerance to rice milk. After the introduction of the food based on Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, all cases showed a rapid and progressive improvement of symptoms and alvus characteristics and were discharged with increased weight. The Parmigiano Reggiano cheese shows a high concentration of easily absorbed amino acids and oligopeptides like a hydrolyzed proteic preparation. As regards the lipoid component the medium and short chain fatty acids are directly absorbed in the bowel and immediately usable as a significant source of energy. Finally, another relevant characteristic of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is the complete absence of lactose. The use of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese as a dietary therapy is appropriate not only for its high nutritional value, but also for its characteristics as a functional food that produces beneficial effects on health with regards to the gastrointestinal tract and the inflammatory problems resulting from alimentary intolerance, post-therapeutic antibiotic dismicrobism, or post-infective conditions. Moreover, its efficay on these pathologic conditions is further improved by the prebiotic and probiotic effects resulting from the oligosaccharides and the bacterial flora of this natural food product, only derived from the nature and the work of skilled artisans closely tied to tradition.
Authors:
Mariaelena Pancaldi; Ilaria Mariotti; Fiorella Balli
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta bio-medica : Atenei Parmensis     Volume:  79     ISSN:  0392-4203     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-15     Completed Date:  2008-10-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101295064     Medline TA:  Acta Biomed     Country:  Italy    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  144-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital of Modena, Modena, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Acute Disease
Cheese*
Clostridium Infections / complications
Clostridium difficile / isolation & purification
Colitis / diagnosis*,  diet therapy*,  microbiology
Complementary Therapies / methods*
Corn Oil
Female
Food, Formulated
Humans
Infant
Male
Oryza sativa
Sucrose
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
57-50-1/Sucrose; 8001-30-7/Corn Oil

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