A type of fecal bacteria has been found effective in treating inflammation of the large intestine, according to a team of Hong Kong researchers.
Doctors at the Chinese University of Hong Kong said the treatment, called fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), is more effective than traditional methods in helping patients with colitis, Metro Daily reports.
The procedure involves collecting 50 to 100 grams of feces from a healthy donor.
The sample is diluted in sterile saline, filtered and the resulting solution introduced to the patient through the nose or the anus.
The team has been holding clinical trials since the start of the year and achieved successful results within two days of treatment.
Conventional treatment uses antibiotics but the drug can also suppress harmless bacteria.
Compared with the conventional method, FMT improves the cure rate from to 85.7 percent from 25 percent.
The team is studying FMT for other digestive diseases and is recruiting healthy fecal donors under 60 years old.
Colitis is caused by the deadly clostridium difficile bacteria.
Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
One in four severe infections could result in death within 60 days.
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