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The new enlightenment: poop transplant saves patient

July 14, 2010

A gastrointestinologist at the University of Minnesota saved a patient’s life by transplanting a sample of her husband’s fecal matter into her colon. The patient suffered from Clostridium difficile, an infection of the digestive system, that gave her constant diarrhea, crippling her and leaving her in a wheelchair, quite literally at the mercy of her own butt. The doctor realized that her body lacked the proper digestive bacteria to process her waste, and borrowed some from the patient’s spouse, which effectively cured the ailment:

Dr. Khoruts mixed a small sample of her husband’s stool with saline solution and delivered it into her colon. Writing in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology last month, Dr. Khoruts and his colleagues reported that her diarrhea vanished in a day. Her Clostridium difficile infection disappeared as well and has not returned since.

What an age we live in.

Link: NY Times article (via Neatorama)

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