Fecal Transplant Treats Serious, Recurrent Intestinal Infection

March 30, 2015 1:00 PM

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MONDAY, March 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fecal transplants, using stool from a donor, have been successful at treating a serious gut infection, researchers report.

The infection is called Clostridium difficile. It causes diarrhea and severe abdominal pain and kills thousands of people worldwide each year, the authors of the small study explained. It's believed that the infection overwhelms the good bacteria required to maintain a healthy intestine.

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