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Smart Woman: C-Difficile And Fecal Transplants

Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from a bacterial infection in their intestines called C-Difficile. The bacteria is highly resistant to antibiotics and hard to treat.
Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from a bacterial infection in their intestines called C-Difficile. The bacteria is highly resistant to antibiotics and hard to treat. So many patients are resorting to an unusual procedure called a fecal transplant.

A sample from a healthy donor, usually a family member, is transferred to the patient during a colonoscopy. So, you are taking a community of normal bacteria and putting it into the patient. Many patients pick up C-Difficile at the hospital after receiving high doses of antibiotics.

The FDA considers fecal transplants research, not treatment, and says long term consequences are not known. But, doctors who perform the procedure say 90% of patients are cured within days.

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