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Can you explain fecal bacteriotherapy?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: Stool transfer

Quite simply, stool from a healthy individual is transferred by enema into the colon of a sick patient.
In so doing, the bacterial population from the healthy subject is transplanted into the gut of a patient whose bacterial flora is impaired (as in refractory c.Difficile infection). This experimental technique has recently been picked up by the lay literature & popularized. Don't try it at home!

In brief: Stool transfer

Quite simply, stool from a healthy individual is transferred by enema into the colon of a sick patient.
In so doing, the bacterial population from the healthy subject is transplanted into the gut of a patient whose bacterial flora is impaired (as in refractory c.Difficile infection). This experimental technique has recently been picked up by the lay literature & popularized. Don't try it at home!
Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. Martin Raff
This is most commonly being used in patients who are refractory to the usual therapies for Clostridium difficile colitis.
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