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Fecal Transplant Fights C Diff

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The intestinal infections caused by a germ called Clostridium difficile are very difficult to treat. The nasty infection that can cause debilitating diarrhea often appears in the aftermath of antibiotic treatment and may be a result of killing off many other bacteria that are normal residents of the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, antibiotic treatment for C. diff, as it is called, may not be effective.

Now Dutch researchers report that fecal transplant was more effective than the usual treatment with the heavy-duty antibiotic vancomycin. The feces from healthy donors provided a diverse array of bacteria and were delivered through a nasoduodenal tube. The only side effects were mild cramping and diarrhea.

[New England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 17, 2013]

There are many reports from readers who have suffered C diff following a course of the antibiotic clindamycin. Read them here. You can also learn more about what People's Pharmacy visitors have said about fecal transplants.

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After chemo and radiation for cervical cancer a little over two years ago my poor GI system has been in revolt. Diarrhea has been a constant problem until I started taking Primal Defense, a HSO laced probiotic. I started with three a day and it stopped the runs...well as long as no veggies passed my lips.

Now I'm down to two tablets a day and doing OK and can sneak a bit of salsa in without a problem. No other veggies though other than potatoes and a little avocado.

Would it be worth my effort to investigate fecal transplant? I did get a colonoscopy and everything checked out fine. Even the pathology report was good. I simply can't seem to stop the runs other than taking this probiotic. Yes, I'd tried several other probiotics that didn't work. I have to assume it is the HSOs that have made the difference.

I sure miss my veggies and would like to get back to normal.

My doctor has said that I am a Chronic C-dif carrier. I was in the hospital for 5 weeks this past summer. Next I was put on Flagyl for about 2 1/2 months which did seem to help. After that was completed I took a stool sample in to my GI doctor and he said it was all clear now. I am doing better but never know what each day will bring. Have any info on someone who has done the stool transplants?

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