For whatever reason, I have managed to post an inordinately large number of stories about bodily functions lately. One paid tribute to the fart and its prominence in the news this year. Another focused on a felon who dropped a load in his pants upon being arrested.
Now comes an equally nasty story that at least has some value in terms of health and well-being.
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, have found an unusual but effective way to treat patients infected with Clostridium difficile (or C.diff) bacteria: transplanting feces from a healthy person into the patient’s colon.
C. diff bacteria occur naturally in the gut, but can multiply after gut flora have been wiped out, as they are following antibiotic use. This can cause severe diarrhea and other intestinal diseases, some of which can be life-threatening.
Transplanting healthy “poo poo” into an infected colon serves to balance out the bacteria in the intestines, which effectively returns C. diff to acceptable levels. In other words, the watery Hershey squirts eventually disappear.
The aforementioned researchers conducted a study with 49 patients who received fresh dookie. 46 of them improved within a week. And of those 46, only four patients experienced a recurrence of the infection. This represents roughly 9%, while the recurrence rate among patients treated with antibiotics fluctuates between 25-30%.
Posted on October 21, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged Clostridium difficile, commentary, current-events, Feces, health, Intestine, medicine, news, Patient, perspectives, science, transplant. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.