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Patients who develop Clostridium difficile infections are afflicted with debilitating diarrhea. When these bacteria take over the digestive tract after antibiotic treatment they can be very difficult to eradicate.

One strategy that has worked has a very high ick factor. In a fecal transplant, stool from a healthy person is administered via a colonoscopy or through nasogastric tube.

Making Stool Transplant Less Disgusting

Now, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a less challenging technique. They have strained, centrifuged and frozen healthy stool and put it into capsules.

Most people have little difficulty swallowing these pills which can restore a healthier bacterial balance to the digestive tract. Of the 20 patients treated for C. diff, 19 experienced dramatic relief from diarrhea and other digestive woes.

[JAMA, online Oct. 11, 2014]

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  1. Mike
    CA
    Reply

    Can I choose my own poop donor? I mean, if I need to get a poop transplant I might as well get it from my hot boyfriend. He is pretty healthy and we pretty much exchange bodily fluids 5 times a day. It would be gross to take poop from someone I didn’t know.

  2. Thomas
    Switzerland
    Reply

    Where are these frozen poop capsules available?
    I know it could be like a miracle cure for many illnesses, including a lot of psychiatric conditions.

  3. Sam
    Reply

    Do these lower-GI bacteria survive stomach acid OK? Or are the capsules delayed release?

  4. Jennifer P.
    United States
    Reply

    By freezing the poop, wouldn’t you kill the helpful bacteria?

  5. martinibill
    mississippi
    Reply

    It is so childish to use “poop” instead of an adult term such as feces. Grow UP! Your readers are not in pre-K.

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