Table 1

Effect of added antibiotics on net and short chain fatty acid (SCFA) production from faecal homogenates in a child with propionate acidaemia using arabinogalactan and potato starch as substrates

AntibioticNet propionate productionNet total SCFA production
ArabinogalactanPotato starchArabinogalactanPotato starch
No antibiotic13.88.151.040.3
Clindamycin12.53.157.821.6
Erythromycin13.04.755.524.1
Metronidazole3.11.339.719.5
Vancomycin9.93.145.518.2
  • Antibiotics were at a concentration of 4 g/litre.

  • Net propionate and SCFA production were measured as mmol/litre incubation mixture/day.