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FMT procedure

Anatori Sealife Comments 0 31st October 2018
Colonic irrigation in Bexley for colon resculpting. FMT procedure

Faecal Microbiology Therapy (FMT procedure) is a therapy for recurrent and severe Clostridium Intractable Infection (C-Diff). C-Diff is a bacterium present in some people’s intestines, and their problems can range from a mild illness with diarrhoea to a severe, life-threatening condition requiring hospitalisation.

Antibiotics are in everyday use to keep the infection under control. However, a course of treatment like this does not bring down a very high recurrence rate, and there may not be a painful condition.

Donors

FMT can create a colony of bacteria that more effectively suppresses C-diff. This process is a “faecal donation” placing faeces from another person into the intestines of patients with C-Diff. FMT is very useful in acutely or chronically ill patients whose condition does not improve with conventional antibiotic treatment. In patients who have had three or more recurrences, the success rate usually reaches 90%.

To date, experience has shown that FMT is surprisingly safe. The risk of transmitting infection or disease from donor to recipient is infrequent. The dangers of FMT are mainly those associated with the procedure required for grafting donor stools (colonoscopy or endoscopy).



FMT procedure is an effective treatment of C-Diff

Patients who require FMT are often seriously ill and sometimes are in a state threatening their lives. However, the procedure gives hope of a final recovery to patients who have incurable conditions from a medical point of view.

A conventional method is to transfer a sample of stool during a colonoscopy. Ideally, the patient undergoes standard preparation for colonoscopy.

There are some cases when a more suitable method is to place a sample of faeces on top, i.e. endoscopically, where the endoscope reaches the end of the stomach.



Procedure

Pill forms of therapy are not yet available for regular use initially with this procedure. A person mustn’t have transmitted diseases, such as hepatitis. Studies have shown that frozen stool specimens are also helpful in “curing” C-Diff.

In 2013, clinics began to receive samples from the “frozen stool bank” stored in medical centres, where they are in the right amount and are available for use if necessary. Donors undergo extensive screening with substantial expertise, history studies and numerous analyses confirming current health.