Poo transplants show promise, but needs careful monitoring
THE use of faecal transplants to treat severe infections has rapidly become the treatment of choice.
Faecal transplants outperform antibiotics according to a review of evidence by UK researchers.
The procedure, which is not for the squeamish, involves introducing a liquidised stool (or frozen microbes) from a healthy donor to the bowel of a patient to re-colonise their gut with healthy bacteria.
The review found an 85% success rate with faecal transplants compared with only 20% success for standard antibiotic treatment.
Gut microbes play a key role in our immune systems and health - and transplanting faecal matter from one person to another is increasingly being used to control severe life-threatening infections like recurrent Clostridium difficile that kill thousands of people annually.
Australian regulators are yet to make a decision on the use of faecal transplants, however private clinics are already offering the procedure.