Fecal Transplants to Treat C. Diff
March 16, 2015
Drexel gastroenterologist Neilanjan Nandi, MD, specializes in treating people with difficult cases of C. difficile who haven't responded to standard medical treatments. As Nandi explains, one therapy that has shown to be highly effective is a fecal transplant.
So the cutting edge of where c. difficile treatment has evolved to is actually a 4,000 year old therapeutic procedure known as fecal or stool transplant. We talk about probiotics, well, there’s no more natural probiotic than taking and harvesting healthy stool from a healthy donor and transplanting that right back into someone else’s intestine. Right now, we are able to transport stool through one of two different routes. One, through a tube in the nose that goes from the nostril into your intestine, or we can do it through colonoscopies or enemas, which is the preferred methodology by many practitioners. This is now evolving to encapsulated stools and this has been in development for several years and now Drexel will actually be a clinical site trial in the coming months for developing an encapsulated stool product that allows you to ingest by mouth, no colonoscopy, no sedation, and allow that stool to be delivered to your gut.
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