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Figure S1. Overall (box-plots) and individual (connecting lines) changes of plasma lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP) in nine patients with cirrhosis and ascites before and after a 6 week course of probiotic VSL#3 supplementation

Figure S2. Overall (box-plots) and individual (connecting lines) changes of plasma IL-6 in nine patients with cirrhosis and ascites before and after a 6 week course of probiotic VSL#3 supplementation.

Figure S3. Overall (box-plots) and individual (connecting lines) changes of the hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) in a cohort of 30 patients with compensated chronic hepatitis C, METAVIR score F3/F4 stage and HVPG >5 mmHg who underwent two hepatic haemodynamic studies separated by a period of 12–36 months in our institution. These patients did not receive antiviral therapy or therapy with β-blockers and the haemodynamic studies were performed between January 1998 and December 2002. The dotted line represents the 12 mmHg HVPG threshold.

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