FECAL TRANSPLANT PSA

everything you need for a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)

ABOUT FECAL TRANSPLANT AND HISTORY

Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is a procedure in which fecal matter, or stool, is collected from a tested donor, mixed with a saline or other solution, strained, and placed in a patient, by colonoscopy, endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or enema. It's a minimally invasive procedure that could safely, quickly, and effectively save lives.

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?

Fecal transplant is a safe and effective way to remove infectious diseases such as C. diff. Fecal transplant has never had any negative results or side effects. The procedure itself takes less than a day, and has many different methods to it. For example, a transplant could be performed through a colonoscopy or taken as a pill. Fecal transplant is gaining much popularity seeing as its very safe, low cost, and low on time consumption.

POSSIBLE COSTS OF FECAL TRANSPLANT

There is no "fee" for the fecal transplant itself. The procedure is performed during a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy which is usually indicated for patients suffering from chronic diarrhea and recurrent C diff infection. Most insurance plans cover the costs of the patient’s laboratory testing and the colonoscopy. However, to be sure, patients are urged to check with their insurance company to get detailed information about co-pays, deductibles and requirements for referrals, especially regarding out-of-network or out-of-state providers.

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QUALIFICATIONS

Donors are not eligible for fecal transplant if:

-Have had any antibiotic exposure in the past six months
-Be immunocompromised
-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.

TIME

C diff responds to one or two treatments. For other conditions at least two weeks is recommended, then tapering off. However hard core cases with perpetuating factors may require ongoing fecal transplant. Think of it like a pro-biotic from a bottle in the refrigerator – it may be required for a few months until things settle down. However ideally you will have some indication of success before doing it for months on end. If not, there are many perpetuating factors that may be stopping the fecal transplant from growing and these should be investigated. The longer you have been sick the more likely it is that you will need a holistic approach and continued fecal transplant. If you are a hard core case, then wean yourself off slowly. If you don’t live with you donor, try frozen fecal transplant to make regular infusions easier. Try to start with 2 weeks fresh to give yourself the best chance. Know the triggers that flare your condition and quickly do a fecal transplant top-up if you have a setback. Most people would happily take probiotics from a bottle in the fridge for 3 months before giving up on them. Likewise, don’t give up on fecal transplant easily. If you use frozen fecal transplant, it becomes as straightforward as brushing your teeth daily. In some cases, 1 time using FMT cured the disease, but this is not the case for all people.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQvvyACKbwg

RAISE AWARNESS

If we all share our knowledge of FMT, we could save lives, or at least increase the quality of someones life.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

"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/>.