I’ve been curious about fecal matter transplants (FMT) since I first read about them a few years ago. As the name suggests, a fecal transplant is a procedure where stool from a healthy person is transferred to a sick person. It has been used as a treatment for Clostridium difficile (c. diff), a bacteria that can take over your colon, and is increasingly being studied for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease.
Although many people probably think it sounds gross, I’ve mostly been intrigued. Having had c. diff in the past and lived with ulcerative colitis for many years, if I had the option to undergo FMT instead of some of the medications I’ve been on I would probably jump at the chance. I’m glad it is being studied as a treatment for IBD and hope that it will become another option for IBD patients.
Below is a round-up of some links on FMT: what it is, how it works, the experiences of donors and recipients, and the future of FMT.
What Is a Fecal Transplant, and Why Would I Want One? A good overview of what exactly FMT is and how it works.
You Won’t Believe How This Works: Fecal Transplant. Another overview of how FMT is used to treat c. diff by a doctor at the Cleveland Clinic.
I Had a Fecal Transplant and It Saved My Life. The experience of someone who had FMT to treat a recurring c. diff infection.
Why I Donated My Stool. The other side of the story: the experience of someone who donated her stool to help a friend with ulcerative colitis.
Antibiotics Weren’t Used to Cure These Patients. Fecal Bacteria Were. Promising results from a small study of FMT to treat c. diff.
Drug Companies and Doctors Battle Over the Future of Fecal Transplants. Interesting article on whether the Food and Drug Administration will regulate FMT as a drug and implications for patients.
Fecal Microbiota Transplantation: In Perspective. An overview of the research on using FMT to treat c. diff, inflammatory bowel disease, and other gastrointestinal disorders.