FECAL TRANSPLANT PSA
everything you need for a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)
ABOUT FECAL TRANSPLANT AND HISTORY
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 often results in debilitation, and sometimes fatal diarrhea. C. diff. is a very serious infection, and the incidence is on the rise throughout the world. The CDC reports that approximately 347,000 people in the U.S. alone were diagnosed with this infection in 2012. Of those, at least 14,000 died.
Fecal transplant has also had promising results with many other digestive or autoimmune diseases, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis. It has also been used around the world to treat other conditions, although more research in other areas is needed.
In all documentation, dating back to 4th century China, there has never been a single , serious side effect reported from fecal transplant. Fecal Transplant is a low-cost, low-risk, highly effective treatment.
WHY TRY FECAL TRANSPLANT?
POSSIBLE COSTS OF FECAL TRANSPLANT
DO IT YOURSELF: fecal transplant in your own home
Donors are not eligible for fecal transplant if:
-Have had any antibiotic exposure in the past six months
-Have had any tattooing or body piercing in past six months
-Have any history of drug use
-Have any history of high-risk sexual behavior
-Have any history of incarceration
-Have recently traveled to endemic areas
-Have any chronic GI disorders, such as inflammatory bowel disease
A potential donor will also need to be screened by their physician for infectious pathogens by undergoing the following tests:
Blood tests: Hepatitis A, B, and C serologies; HIV; RPR
Stool tests: Ova and parasites; C. difficile PCR; culture and sensitivity; giardia antigen
Donors should be informed that their insurance company might hold them financially responsible for all testing required prior to transplant. It is best that they check with their primary care provider and/or insurance company.
Donors also have to within 18-50 years old in optimal health. However, there is no age restrictions on patients receiving the transplant.
The following video shows how FMT saved the lives of Sandra and Michael, both desperate at the time, however fecal transplant most likely saved thier lives.
REAL PEOPLE RESPOND TO FECAL TRANSPLANT
"The Fecal Transplant Foundation." The Fecal Transplant Foundation. The Fecal Transplant Foundation, n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2015. <http://thefecaltransplantfoundation.org/what-is-fecal-transplant/>.
"Fecal Transplantation (Bacteriotherapy) | Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology." Fecal Transplantation (Bacteriotherapy) | Johns Hopkins Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Johns Hopkins, n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2015. <http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/gastroenterology_hepatology/clinical_services/advanced_endoscopy/fecal_transplantation.html>.
Mac, Tracy. "Fecal Transplant." The Power of Poop. PoP, July 2013. Web. 27 Apr. 2015. <http://thepowerofpoop.com/epatients/fecal-transplant-faqs/>.