‘Poop Transplants’ Effective In Treating Intestinal Bacterial Infection

'Poop Transplants' Effective In Treating Intestinal Bacterial Infection“Poop transplants” are an effective way to treat people with one type of intestinal bacteria infection, a new study shows.

Researchers transplanted fecal matter fr0m healthy people into the colons of people infected with the notoriously hard-to-treat Clostridium difficile bacteria, which causes severe, watery diarrhea. The researchers found that 46 out of 49 patients got better within a week of the treatment. The transplant works because stool from healthy people, when mixed with warm water and delivered via a tube into patients’ colons, helps re-establish the normal balance of bacteria in the intestine.

‘People die from this’

“C. diff is a serious infection — people die from this. With this treatment, the cure rate is close to 100 percent,” said study researcher Dr. Mayur Ramesh, an infectious disease physician at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.


C. diff infections are linked to 14,000 deaths in the U.S. yearly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s believed that antibiotics may disrupt the normal balance of bacteria species in the intestine, giving C. diff bacteria a chance to thrive.  Patients with C. diff infections are typically treated with the antibiotics metronidazole or vancomycin; however, these drugs don’t work for everyone, the researchers said. In severe cases, patients may need surgery to remove the infected parts of their intestines.

‘Ick factor’

The patients were not much bothered by the possible ick factor of the treatment, Ramesh told MyHealthNewsDaily. “These patients, they suffer so much from their symptoms,” he said. “When I tell them about this treatment, they say, ‘wow, that makes sense, go ahead and do it.'”

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Source: Yahoo News

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Little-Known Fecal Transplant Saves Woman’s Life

After surviving a near-fatal car accident, Kaitlin Hunter found herself battling a devastating bacterial infection in her colon that also threatened her life. The persistent infection was beaten through a little-known technique involving the transplant of fecal matter from Hunter’s mother, which put healthy bacteria back into her colon.

A June 2011 car accident fractured her lower spine, lacerated her liver and colon, and broke all 10 toes. Emergency crews used the Jaws of Life to cut Hunter from her dad’s car, and then she was flown to the hospital, where she spent the next month. Upon her release, Hunter flew home to Georgia. It hadn’t been the summer vacation she imagined, but she thought she was getting better. But “right when I got off the plane, I went to the hospital. I was having extremely bad stomach pain. A month later, we found out it was C. diff,” Hunter said, using the abbreviation for the bacteria clostridium difficile.


In the hospital after her accident, doctors followed standard care and put Hunter on antibiotics to prevent an infection. In spite of the antibiotics — or possibly because of them — C. diff infected her colon, causing severe stomach pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

It’s believed that antibiotics, which kill harmful infection-causing bacteria, also weaken the beneficial, healthy bacteria percolating in the colon. With the colon’s defenses down, C. diff grows rampant, releasing a toxin and inflaming the colon.

Instead of continued assaults on bacteria, “fecal matter transplants” recolonize the colon with new bacteria from a healthy donor. Hunter’s mother “donated” one of her stools for the procedure. Next, the hospital lab carefully diluted it, and George pumped the foreign fecal matter right into Hunter’s colon. The result ended Hunter’s struggle with C. diff.

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Source: CNN

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