The New York Times today ran a lengthy and interesting article about fecal bacteriotherapy, a rare and fairly recent treatment of which few outside gastroenterology have heard. The article then offers a macro view of the role microbes play in our bodies.
The article, “How Microbes Defend and Define Us,” highlights a fecal bacteriotherapy treatment (also known as fecal transplantation) taken on by Dr. Alexander Khoruts, a gastroenterologist at the University of Minnesota. The patient was suffering from a vicious case of Clostridium difficile and was crippled by constant diarrhea. She was forced to wear diapers and lost 60 pounds in eight months, according to the article.
“Dr. Khoruts decided his patient needed a transplant,” the article continued. “But he didn’t give her a piece of someone else’s intestines, or a stomach, or any other organ. Instead, he gave her some of her husband’s bacteria. Dr. Khoruts mixed a small sample of her husband’s stool with saline solution and delivered it into her colon.”
The patient’s Clostridium difficile infestation disappeared and has not returned.
To read The New York Times story, click here.
To read an EndoNurse article on fecal bacteriotherapy written by an endonurse, click here.