My sister-in-law is back in ICU for the second time in 2 months. This bout of nausea and diarrhea is worse than the first time, although she has been on IV antibiotics the whole time. Now, her doctor wants to do a fecal transplant. Is that what I think it is?
Hi Kathy. I saw them show how it works in a health episode on TV. Basically they take the material and break it down, centrifuge, mix it up, get a good concentration of healthy bowel bacteria. Then they suspend it in a liquid. Gulp it down and let the critters go to work.
Imagination is often better than the real thing. It is not a poop sandwich. Just keep her away from ground beef for a while... lol. And tell her I hope she is well very soon. Karen
I had to read this 3 times, twice to myself and once to my daughter... just to make certain that I got it right!
You've gotten a great answer from Karen, no poop sandwich for your SIL!
I truly hope and pray that the fecal transplant works for her. I also pray she has a speedy recovery.
Just letting you know that I'm in your corner, Kath!!
It is given by enema, NOT by swallowing! It is an excellent treatment but it has been rather controversial. Everything Karen said was correct except the swallowing part. They will often use a family members stool to transplant so at least it is not some "poop" donor! lol Medicare is probably considering it an "experimental" treatment and that is why they dont want to pay. If you think about it, it is really not a great deal different from pro-biotics-the idea of it anyway-replacing healthy bacteria. Eventually they hope to develop it in the lab. Like an artificial stool with all the healthy flora. Right now they do it like Karen said only it is given by enema which is a little less distasteful.
Just an update. My SIL is now home from the hospital loaded down with new meds to take. They were not able to do the fecal transplant, as FDA stopped them. I guess the procedure has to go through the same process as a new drug with the miles of forms and paperwork and studies. I don't get that, as it is not a drug. I realize it is for our safety, but still???
Thanks for all of your great answers, both serious and comical. Lol
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