Fecal transplants being used to treat difficult C. diff cases

January 3, 2013

HAIs in the News: Cleveland.com, January 3, 2012

Doctors are more frequently considering fecal transplants as an alternative treatment to Clostridium difficile infections.

In an article in Cleveland.com, Diane Suchetka discusses the benefits and disadvantages to using fecal transplants to fight these serious infections.

The remedy operates on the premise that antibiotics wipe out beneficial bacteria that help people combat serious infections such as C. diff. And it puts that good bacteria back into their digestive tracts so they can overcome the disease.

The success rate is remarkable.

“Seventy-four percent of patients get better in three days,” says Dr. Lawrence Brandt, a New York gastroenterologist who’s been using the treatment since 1999. “But I’ve had patients who’ve felt better in three hours.”

Source: Cleveland.com

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