Believe it or not, fecal transplants, or fecal bacteriotherapy, are done to enhance and save lives.
I seen this talked about on The Doctors TV show today, and I had never heard about fecal transplants before.
Yes, fecal matter is transplanted into a person's body, whose bacteria in the colon is causing diseases like C. difficile.
C. difficile is a deadly condition that can cause frequent, incessant bouts of diarrhea. The person can suffer for month and months in this condition.
The fecal transplant is done by putting strained, diluted feces in a tube through the nose and into the stomach. The new fecal matter has "healthy" bacteria and will colonize the gut and fix the resistant bacteria.
The woman in the article mentioned above felt better after two hours after the transplant. She had C.difficile, and after the transplant, the deadly virus never returned.
The transplant works for 9 out of 10 cases, which are really good rates. Not many gastroenterologists perform it, its a fairly new procedure. It's inexpensive, reliable and minimally invasive. It's usually a last ditch effort, for drug resistant bacteria in patients.
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