(SNN) - Researchers have discovered an inexpensive, yet remarkably successful method of treating a Clostridium difficile (C. diff) bacterial infection. The procedure requires a donation from a close family member to work, although fortunately, it’s not an organ skin tissue or bone marrow that is required. All you need is fecel matter, poop for short.
The widespread, and sometimes lethal C. diff bacteria resides in the gut of some hospital patients causing cramps, vomiting and diarrhea In order to wipe it out, however, the beneficial bacteria in the patients digestive tract are also wiped out, which causes a host of other problems. This paradoxical issue led to a study, by Dr. Mayur Ramesh, an infectious disease specialist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, that showed introducing a culture of carefully screened donor bacteria solves the problem neatly.
The source of the donor bacteria is a small sample of solid waste by a (very) close relative. The doodoo donation is then checked for contaminants; despite the fact checking poop for contaminants seems kind of absurd. The waste is then mixed with water and then introduced into the gastric system of the patient where the beneficial bacteria can repopulate their new digs. This is done through either nasogastric tube or via a colonoscopy procedure. The researcher, obviously cognizant of the “ewww” factor was quick to explain that the bummer beverage is both tasteless and odorless.
Aside from the incredible opportunities for stand-up comedians to comment on this story, the doctor’s research indicates the treatment is overwhelmingly successful.
"C. diff is a serious infection — people die from this. With this treatment, the cure rate is close to 100 percent,” stated Dr. Ramesh. As far as the gross-out factor, the researcher was quite candid in a My Health News Daily report.
"These patients, they suffer so much from their symptoms," Ramesh stated. "When I tell them about this treatment, they say, 'wow, that makes sense, go ahead and do it.”
Although C. diff bacterial infections account for over 14,000 cases in the US, and is equally prevalent in the UK, according to a study published by The Centers for Disease Control, Canada’s incidence rate is markedly less.
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