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November 27, 2007

Faecal Transplant

Faecal transplants are now being carried out (for our American friends that's fecal transplants). Quite seriously, you take shit from one person and then feed it to another to cure that second person:

A grandmother who contracted a potentially fatal superbug in Scotland has been saved after a hospital fed her daughter’s faeces to her.

Ethel McEwan, an 83-year-old from Guardbridge, Fife, was near death after contracting Clostridium Difficile, the Daily Record reported.

But she was saved after receiving a  "faecal transplant" from her daughter, Winnifred.

The treatment involves liquidising a sample of faeces from a close relative of the patient, and feeding the liquid down a tube into the stomach.

The treatment restores the bacteria to levels at which they help the recovery process.

"When you tell people about the treatment, they wrinkle their noses," Mrs McEwan told the Daily Record.

"But it’s not like they put it on a plate and have you eat it. You don’t ever see or smell a thing.

"People will have a blood transplant or a kidney transplant – what’s the difference with this?"

So there you have it. It's not some kookie new wave treatment, it's a fecal (or faecal) transplant.

November 27, 2007 in Medicine | Permalink

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