Two diarrhea-afflicted boys recover with FMT treatment

chinadaily.com.cn Updated:2017-11-03

Two boys afflicted with severe diarrhea have regained health after a two-month course of stool transplantation, also known as fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in Shanghai Children's Medical Center, according to an Oct 18 news report by Jiefang Daily. 

Due to immune deficiency, the four-year-old patients could not excrete normally and had the tendency to easily catch fever and get infected thus aggravating the originally serious diarrhea. 

Previously, the only way to ease the symptom was to transfer the hematopoietic stem cell. But since FMT, a more efficient therapy has been developed, applying the principle of transferring the functional fungus flora from a healthy individual to the intestines of a patient to rebuild a new intestinal flora. 

The trial of FMT proved to be a success as both patients can now excrete normally and their body conditions have significantly improved. 

The latest medical research indicates that the excrement we used to take for granted can actually be used for therapeutic treatment and the microbes in the intestines are important "organs" to human beings. Now the FMT has been applied to treat numerous strains of disease such as clostridium infection, inflammatory bowel disease and intractable constipation.

In addition, experts propose to set up a unified standard for transplanting fecal microbiota and other organs, provide guidance for its clinical treatment and do more contrast research to test and verify its applicability.