'Frozen poop pill' makes fecal transplants easier, yet still pretty gross

October 12, 2014 6:52 PM

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The strange yet somehow still obvious treatment for many gastrointestinal issues, the so-called fecal transplant, has gotten its share of headlines in the past few years, but this week the story has taken perhaps its strangest turn yet: the introduction of frozen poop pills. This is the phrase NPR used yesterday when it reported on the search for less invasive methods for fighting cases of Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that is notoriously resistant to antibiotics.

While fecal transplants have proven highly effective, as healthy bacteria present in the foreign fecal matter eventually overpowers and eliminates the bad bugs lingering in the patient’s digestive tract, the manner in which doctors typically get the feces inside a patient causes almost as much disco...

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