Woman experiences unexpected, rapid weight gain after fecal transplant procedure

February 6, 2015 5:02 PM

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Woman experiences unexpected, rapid weight gain after fecal transplant procedure

A woman who had a successful fecal transplant to treat a bacterial infection in her intestines has experienced unexpected and rapid weight gain, causing doctors to consider the role of gut bacteria in metabolism and health.

The case, reported in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases, details the woman’s 2011 fecal transplant to treat her C. difficile infection. At the time of the procedure, she was 32 years old and weighed 136 pounds, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 26. The donor, according to a news release, was ...

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