Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Fecal Transplantation- A Huge Step Forward

I have been silent on the blog for a bit. I am back!

Last week, I performed a fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) for refractory C.difficile infection. My colleague at VCU, Dr. Michael Edmond, is truly a leader in this important treatment, as suggested here.

A major barrier to FMT is obtainment of the donor stool. Enter Open Biome, a non-profit organization that provides hospitals with screened, banked frozen stool for administration.

Although barriers to FMTs remain, including a paltry reimbursement, the availability of donor stool is a huge step forward.

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