A Proven Treatment for Clostridium difficile colitis
Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) involves taking stools from a healthy pre-screened donor and placing it in the patient's colon or terminal ileum to recolonize healthy bacteria into their gastrointestinal system, usually by colonoscopy. The fecal matter is mixed with saline or other solution. FMT is used to treat Clostridium difficile colitis (C. diff) which is a bacterial infection in a patient's colon who has had an alteration in gastrointestinal flora, usually due to antibiotics or hospitalization. C. diff affects a half million patients a year. C. diff can cause mild symptoms to severe episodes that can be life-threatening. Patients often experience chronic diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, fever, and weight loss. FMT has a 90% cure successful rate.