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Blind-loop syndrome

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The normal jejunum contains 10 - 1000 organisms per ml. A total aerobic plus anaerobic count of more than 100,000 is diagnostic of bacterial overgrowth.

The bacterial load of the stomach and the small bowel is maintained at a low level because of:

  • gastric acid
  • high intestinal motility

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