A few years ago, a study in the journal Microbiome discussed “swapping spit,” or kissing, as a way to shape the oral microbiota. Now keep that idea in mind when you think of fecal microbiota transplatation (FMT), an effective and approved procedure used to treat Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infection in certain cases.
FMT involves the transfer of stool, which has been made into a liquid mixture, from a healthy donor into the intestine of a person who needs helpful bacteria to boost their gut microbiome and relieve symptoms.
Swap these ideas about FMT with your patients by sharing the AGA Patient Education Section in the special January 2019 issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology with them. Use this education material to help your patients more easily understand the benefits of FMT for a C. diff infection that has occurred at least three times, despite adequate antibiotic treatment.
More FMT information can be found in the AGA GI Patient Center. If you suggest your patient have an FMT, talk with them about the AGA Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) National Registry. If they have received an FMT, they are strongly encouraged to be a part of it.