Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fecal Transplants More Effective Than Antibiotics for Clostridium Difficile

"Until recently, FMT [Faecal Microbiota Transplantation] was considered experimental. That was until the New England Journal of Medicine came out with a published study of the efficacy of faecal transplant in treating a particularly nasty and potentially lethal gut bug, clostridium difficile (caused by taking antibiotics that wipe out beneficial bacteria). The study found that FMT cured 15 out of 16 cases of clostridium difficile infection, compared with the cure rate with (ironically) antibiotics, that was only three out of 13 and four out of 13 cases in comparison groups."

In defence of the good superbugs - The Australian