Fecal Microbiota Transplant Research Paper

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Fecal Microbiota Transplants for the Treatment
Of Clostridium Difficile
Emily Ramirez
Aurora University

Fecal transplants have been around for many years; however up until recently it had not been widely used or accepted as a feasible course of treatment for gastrointestinal complications. Since approval by the U.S Food and Drug administration in 2013, the method is being thoroughly researched and tested to entice its use for Clostridium difficile infections. Clostridium difficile is extremely prevalent in the community and more over in healthcare facilities. The current treatments that are being used are quiet successful at treating Clostridium difficile, but the incidence of reoccurrence is fairly high. Fecal microbiota transplants have shown to have a very high success rate, and a very low reoccurrence rate. There are several ways of performing the treatment as well as different options for finding donors of the feces, all of which have similar and unwavering success rates. Fecal microbiota …show more content…

Methods include nasogastric tube, nasoduodenal tube, colonoscopy, oral fecal capsules, and self-administered enemas (Boyle et al., 2015). There are many advantages to using the colonoscopy approach, they include the fact that you can instill the stool along the length of the entire colon as well as visualize the colon for any abnormalities (Boyle et al., 2015). Despite the great advantage of using the colonoscopy method, it is associated with risk for complications such at perforation, infection, bleeding, pain, and furthermore the additional cost of anesthesia (Boyle et al., 2015). No matter the method they all have generally high success rates. According to the Oprita et al. study, 100% of their patients had a resolution of symptoms after treatment (2016). Similar results were shown in the Youngster et al. study where they had an overall cure rate of 90%

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