Deadly GI infection now treatable through Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT)

Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is among the most fatal gastrointestinal infections globally, and recently researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a new capsule-based method of delivering Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT), a proven treatment for CDI, to patients. Currently, FMT is administered via a colonoscopy, which posed issues relating to cost and appropriate storage and handling procedures. Research into a FMT capsule produced a treatment that was less temperature-sensitive, thereby eliminating storage and transportation concerns, and carried a slightly longer timeframe for treatment with similar outcomes. With this development, capsule-delivered FMT may prove to be the primary CDI treatment method in the near future.”


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (3/10). ACG Gastro Girl.