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Fecal Transplant Saves Toddler's Life

By October 24, 2012

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Fecal bacteriotherapy (FB) or fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is a therapy that has been in use for some decades, although it is gaining more attention as of late. Fecal bacteriotherapy involves transplanting fecal matter (stool) from one person into another person's intestines. It may make some people cringe, but this therapy has a history of being effective for certain problems, especially infections with Clostridium difficile.

Fecal bacteriotherapy has also recently been investigated as a treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). There's a certain "ick" factor when considering this treatment, but one study showed that people with IBD were very willing to undergo this therapy. In actuality, the treatment involves transmitting bacteria through a nasogastric tube, which is not going to involve any actual stool.

Fecal bacteriotherapy is in the news most recently because a small boy who was very ill with a C difficile infection received the therapy with stool matter obtained from his mother. JoNel Aleccia reports for NBC News that the boy's mother "didn't blink." And why should she have any reservations? Here is a therapy that could result in a very good outcome for her son, and the only difficulty in administering it would be the insertion of a nasogastric tube. This young child was frail and gravely ill, and this simple therapy resulted in almost immediate improvement for him. It may have very well saved his life.

I actually don't know why this therapy isn't being studied and used more widely for IBD and other digestive disease. Honestly, when you've been as ill as many people are with IBD, a little fecal matter and a nasogastric tube is a small price to pay to feel better. Wouldn't you agree?

October 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm
(1) Mascarenhas says:

My daughter has UC and we have been keeping her condition in control with fecal therapy. We were forced by the lack of availability of this option in clinics to do it ourselves at home. I have written about the experience in a memoir titled “Ulcerative Colitis from the Bottom Up,” published as an ebook at Smashwords.com. Good luck to all of you.

October 30, 2012 at 4:12 am
(2) depenrock says:

Could this potentially be the cure for Ulcerative Colitis?! I’ve read a lot about Fecal therapy recently and it looks very promising.

October 30, 2012 at 10:15 am
(3) chendrick says:

Is there any research being done to apply this to Crohn/s or Ulcerative Colitis?

November 8, 2012 at 11:26 am
(4) ibdcrohns says:

Yes! There is some research, but not near enough yet to make it a viable treatment option. We’re probably still several years away from it being accepted to use for IBD. So let’s keep informed and talk to our gastros about this — they need to know that we’re willing to try it!

November 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm
(5) Natasha says:

I got c diff bacteria 2011 and after that turn to crohn s disease at my ileam. Is stool transplant for crohn s disease? Can i be cure w stooltransplant?

December 29, 2012 at 4:06 pm
(6) Tuckert says:

After suffering from ulcerative colitis for decades, I am in remission (cured?) 6 months after undergoing Fecal Transplant. There are MD’s treating UC with FT NOW.

At this blog – thepowerofpoo.blogspot.com

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worldwide list of MD’s that will treat you
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