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Feces Transplant More Effective For Diarrhea Than Antibiotics

Finally you can give two shits.

HT/ Corky

CBS -

A procedure that inserts fecal matter from a healthy person into the intestines of someone with diarrhea has been found to be a better treatment than antibiotics.

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine tested the transplant of healthy fecal material into patients experiencing repeated bouts of diarrhea caused by a bacterium known as Clostridium difficile. A bacteria that can frequently take over the intestines after antibiotic treatment has killed the beneficial bacteria in the body.

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  1. Claudia

    January 21st, 2013

    Fur, you posted something about this a while back; some lady giving her child this kind of ‘transplant’. I still can’t believe there is not a better treatment for this than shoving someone else’s poop up your butt.

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  2. Tim

    January 21st, 2013

    Obama transplants Reggie’s feces orally.

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  3. Death_By_Farts

    January 21st, 2013

    I like this article…Not sure why…

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  4. jeckelmyhyde

    January 21st, 2013

    I use to think that shit packer was a made up term.

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  5. grayscape

    January 21st, 2013

    Barney Frank patented this procedure.

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  6. hanoverfist

    January 21st, 2013

    Good lord,Tim.

    Thats some funny…..
    well,shit!

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  7. Milwaukee Mike

    January 21st, 2013

    Obamacare makes me feel compelled to send a donation via The White House

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  8. New Mexico Gunman

    January 21st, 2013

    Okay…I’ve lost MY appetite…

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  9. Anonymous

    January 21st, 2013

    The best candidate for feces transplant is VP Joe Biden.
    Think what effect it would have on the IQ of old shit for brains.

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  10. harbqll

    January 21st, 2013

    Just to try and clear things up: A “feces transplant” is NOT a cure for diarrhea. It’s a treatment for a specific condition. C. diff is a nasty GI infection seen most commonly in patients who are on long-term antibotic treatment for some other, non-GI-related problem. The antibiotics kill off the normal gut flora, which allows C diff to take hold and spread.

    This is a potentially fatal condition, can lead to various kinds of nastiness like pseudo-membranous colitis, toxic megacolon, etc. And the trouble is that we’re seeing more and more case of drug resistant C diff, so a lot of times you can’t simply put the patient on metronidazole or oral vancomycin (like just a few years ago), give them some yogurt, and everything’s fine.

    The “transplant” isn’t about giving them someone else’s feces. The point is to transfer someone else’s healthy normal (commensal) gut flora, which will “compete for space” with C diff and hopefully give the patient’s immune system enough of an edge to win out.

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  11. norman einstein

    January 21st, 2013

    @harbqll, thanks for your detailed explanation.
    I was going to make the point that C. Diff is a very common infection that can be hard to cure.
    Old people in nursing homes succumb to it all the time.

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  12. Eric

    January 21st, 2013

    Oh great, thanks for spoiling the fun harbqll.

    Nothing like a real medical explaination to ruin what could have been hours of rabble rousing fun ‘poking shit’ at gays, porn stars, perverts, and politician/lawyers.

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  13. Carlos The Jackal

    January 21st, 2013

    “Toxic Megacolon”
    Didn’t I see that on the SyFy channel?

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  14. Unneutral

    January 21st, 2013

    “healthy fecal material”???

    I’m gonna have to work on that phrase.

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  15. Jethro

    January 21st, 2013

    @harbqll
    It almost killed me six years ago. I was on antibiotics for lyme disease for 15 months and I got a yeast overgrowth in my gut. A strict no sugar diet and lots of probiotics for a year saved me. I didn’t hear about this treatment until about a year ago. I would “take it up the butt” in a heartbeat to forego what I went through.

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  16. harbqll

    January 21st, 2013

    @Jethro – what you was probably a Candida infection, rather than C. diff. But yeah, same cause, same reason. Plus, with Candidasis you also see gut perforations (usually gastric) which can also kill you quick.

    Folks with Lyme disease, tuberculosis, or anything that requires long-term antibiotic treatment need to be watched very carefully for these conditions. I once saw a lady who came into clinic because she was worried about her tongue. When I took a look, it was black (made me think of a Chow, actually!). She was on heavy antibiotics and had so much fungus growing in her mouth her tongue was actually black.

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  17. harbqll

    January 21st, 2013

    @Carlos – I always wanted to start a heavy metal band called ‘Toxic Megacolon’…

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  18. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    January 21st, 2013

    Well, shit. I’m about to start my own clinic
    So I can drop poop jokes all day long-

    “Will you look at that shit?”
    “I can’t believe this shit!”
    “What type of shit is this?”
    “Don’t take any shit from that guy!”
    “Keep that away from the fan”

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  19. RosalindJ

    January 21st, 2013

    Who knew iOTW was a place where I could ask this?

    @ harbqll, does that count for say, a month long treatment of antibodics? That was me, due to a ‘community acquired’ MRSA – exposure to which is becoming more and more common. Just asking for future victims, because my MD, who has always been outstanding prescribed me two types of the heavy artillery, but I had to figure out on my own to stagger the doses because gastric problems were the least of my issues if I didn’t.

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  20. harbqll

    January 21st, 2013

    @Rosalind – I’m afraid I have to give the non-answer answer of: maybe. I’ve had patients on antibiotic for months with no problems, and I’ve had one that came back in with rectal bleeding and a raging case of colitis after only 2 weeks.

    I’m a little surprised you were put on oral meds for this. I haven’t done ID in a while, but the drug of choice for this used to be IV Vanc, which of course you wouldn’t be sent home with. I assume it some sort of novobiocin/rifampin cocktail, or something like that? Not sure what the current standard is anymore.

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  21. The Mad German

    January 21st, 2013

    So for this to be covered under Obamacare is it man-dated that you insert it with a penis?

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  22. Moe Tom

    January 21st, 2013

    So this is where the pickup line in a queer bar came from: “May I push your stool in sweety?”

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  23. One Notch Above a Congresscritter

    January 21st, 2013

    “Toxic Megacolon”
    Didn’t I see that on the SyFy channel?

    No, that would be the First Lady.

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  24. RosalindJ

    January 21st, 2013

    Thanks harbqll. It was a case caught early (mainly because I was aware of it going around, and I could get in to see my Doc in a timely fashion). The oral meds were an effort to stave off the big H. It worked, but I had to be very, very diligent about everything, which paid off. I work with lots of diversity.

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