Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is a procedure in which fecal matter, or stool, is collected from a healthy tested donor, and placed into the gastrointestinal tract of the patient, typically by colonoscopy.
The purpose of fecal transplant is to replace good bacteria that has been killed or suppressed, usually by the use of antibiotics, causing bad bacteria, specifically Clostridium difficile, or C. diff., to over-populate the colon. This infection causes a condition called C. diff. colitis, resulting in often debilitating, sometimes fatal diarrhea.
Fecal transplant has also had promising results with many other digestive or auto-immune diseases, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis, although clinical trials are still being performed on these indications.
Fecal Transplant is a low-cost, low-risk, highly effective treatment. It is not currently covered by most insurance companies, as it is still classified as an experimental treatment.
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