Fecal Transplants Improve C. Diff Patients' Lives
March 19, 2015
One of the cutting-edge therapies for treating c. difficile is a fecal transplant. Drexel gastroenterologist Neilanjan Nandi, MD, explains how the procedure can drastically improve a person’s quality of life.
So many of these patients come with c. difficile having had it at least a minimum of three times. These patients have been stuck in hospitals for weeks, months at a time. They’re forced to live with diarrhea, abdominal pain; they suffer weight loss, malnutrition; they can’t work; they can’t enjoy the finer things in life they used to. So when they have this procedure, their hopes are high, and fortunately, the cure rate with one fecal transplant is up to 90 percent across all studies. And up to 98 percent with two fecal transplants. Most of these patients will actually start to feel different within a few hours, and most will achieve a clinical cure within 3-5 days that will persist for many months, if not longer.
Drexel Gastroenterology expertly treats patients with digestive health disorders. Our regionally and nationally recognized experts work with your primary care physician to ensure the highest standard of care. Our patients have access to Drexel Medicine's Center for Digestive Health, which has been recognized for quality and safety by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and provides outpatient colonoscopies in a comfortable setting.
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