Fecal microbiota transplantation: A stranger’s stool heals inflammatory bowel disease -- MEDICA Trade Fair

Fecal microbiota transplantation: A stranger’s stool heals inflammatory bowel disease

It sounds strange: During fecal microbiota transplantation, the stool of a healthy donor is transferred into the intestines of a diseased patient to restore his or her damaged gut flora. This is an entirely normal process in the animal kingdom. By eating feces, some rodents reabsorb essential nutrients and vitamins. Now the stool transplant has established itself as the standard for treating Clostridium difficile.

01/05/2015

Photo: Bacteria ©panthermedia.net/ezumimages

Clostridium difficileis a species of Gram-positive spore-forming bacteria; © panthermedia/ezumimages

Helping sufferers with fecal transplants

Further fecal microbiota transplantation applications

Photo: Endoscope © panthermedia.net/Alexandr Malyshev

The saturated and filtered stool is transplanted into the colon during a colonoscopy; © panthermedia.net/Alexandr Malyshev

The "MikroTrans" national registry

Photo: Melanie Günther; Copyright: B. Frommann

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