What is FB? It's pretty much what it sounds like: a healthy person donates their fecal matter (stool), which is then implanted in the large intestine of the sick person. Obviously there are a lot of steps in between and it's a bit more technical than that, but this is the basic premise of the treatment. There has been one small preliminary study done that shows that it might be effective in treating ulcerative colitis. That got some physicians at the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at the University of Chicago wondering: would people with ulcerative colitis actually consent to having this procedure done?
As it turns out, the people with ulcerative colitis and the parents of children with IBD that were questioned for the study were overwhelmingly interested in FB. In fact, they were "eager for it to become available."
What do you think? Would you try FB? Vote in the poll below.
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Kahn SA, Gorawara-Bhat R, Rubin DT. "Fecal bacteriotherapy for ulcerative colitis: Patients are ready, are we?" Inflamm Bowel Dis 25 May 2011 DOI: 10.1002/ibd.21775. 5 Jun 2011.