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Abstract Title:

Combinations of laxatives and green banana biomass on the treatment of functional constipation in children and adolescents: a randomized study.

Abstract Source:

J Pediatr (Rio J). 2018 Jan 5. Epub 2018 Jan 5. PMID: 29309737

Abstract Author(s):

Vanessa Mello Granado Cassettari, Nilton Carlos Machado, Pedro Luiz Toledo de Arruda Lourenção, Marry Assis Carvalho, Erika Veruska Paiva Ortolan

Article Affiliation:

Vanessa Mello Granado Cassettari


OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the effect of combinations of green banana biomass and laxatives in children and adolescents with chronic constipation.

METHODS: This was a randomized study of 80 children and adolescents with functional constipation according to the Rome IV Criteria, who were divided into five groups: (1) green banana biomass alone; (2) green banana biomass plus PEG 3350 with electrolytes; (3) green banana biomass plus sodium picosulfate; (4) PEG 3350 with electrolytes alone; and (5) sodium picosulfate alone. Primary outcome measure was the reduction of the proportion of patients with Bristol Stool Form Scale ratings 1 or 2. Secondary outcome measures were: increase of the proportion of>3 bowel movements/week and reduction of the proportion of fecal incontinence, straining on defecation, painful defecation, blood in stool, abdominal pain, and decreased laxative doses.

RESULTS: On consumption of green banana biomass alone, a statistically significant reduction was observed in the proportion of children with Bristol Stool Form Scale rating 1 or 2, straining on defecation, painful defecation, and abdominal pain. Conversely, no reduction was observed in fecal incontinence episodes/week, blood in stool, and no increase was observed in the proportion of children with>3 bowel movements/week. The percentage of children who required decreased laxative dose was high when green banana biomass was associated with sodium picosulfate (87%), and PEG 3350 with electrolytes (63%). Green banana biomass alone and associated with laxatives was well tolerated, and no adverse effects were reported.

CONCLUSION: Green banana biomass is advantageous as an adjunct therapy on functional constipation, mainly for reducing doses of laxatives.

Study Type : Human Study
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