Two cases of Lactobacillus bacteremia during probiotic treatment of short gut syndrome.

Department of Pediatrics, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (Impact Factor: 2.87). 05/2004; 38(4):457-8.
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