Poop Transplants For Treating Infection
These transplants are referred to as fecal microbiota transplantations, or stool transplants. When C diff infections don't respond to antibiotics, stool transplants have proven effective—most people recover after a single treatment. Once considered a fringe treatment, C diff is gaining support from scientists who argue that it should be a first-line therapy for CDI.
Key Facts In This Video
Ecosystems with many species tend to be more resilient than those with few species. (0:03)
A fecal transplant aims to replenish the gut microbiome with a variety of species and stave off an overabundance of C diff bacteria. (1:14)
Microbial transplants also have applications in agriculture and aquarium maintenance. (2:02)