Fecal Microbiota Transplant Induces Steroid-free Remission in Ulcerative Colitis Patients, Study Reports

Fecal Microbiota Transplant Induces Steroid-free Remission in Ulcerative Colitis Patients, Study Reports
A clinical study found that multi-donor fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) successfully induced clinical and endoscopic remission in patients with resistant active ulcerative colitis (UC). Results from the placebo-controlled trial were presented at the recent 11th Congress of the European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO), held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The physiological balance of bacteria communities in the gut is

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  1. This is great news! I have personally experienced this too. In July 2011 I was able to achieve remission after 12 years of Ulcerative Colitis that brought me to within days of scheduled surgery. Nearly 5 years later I am still symptom-free, I consider myself to be cured!

    I discovered that FMTs had been used for treating Ulcerative Colitis from an article by Dr. Borody in the Journal of Gastoenterology that documented cases where FMTs led to sustained remission of UC. So after consulting with a few doctors I performed fecal transplants at home using enemas from a single donor. About 6 weeks after the first FMT I had a total remission of symptoms, I then stopped taking other medications a few months later.
    Since my recovery I have been in touch with many other patients who contacted me through my website that have also been able to use FMT to bring their cases of Ulcerative Colitis into remission. If anyone would like to know more about my experience, I go into more detail on my website.

    • Jake Morrison says:

      How did you get this treatment, I live in the USA and I am desperately trying to have this done as I have responded poorly to strong drugs.

  2. Glenn Taylor says:

    Michael, I am delighted for you. Can I however point out the risks to a non-clinical “home” treatment. Donors are not as reliable as they appear from the outside, they can appear to be completely asymptomatic of disease and indeed, on testing they may also show negative. There are diseases however, that can infect a donor but cannot be detected by test until a certain point in the development of their infection. This could mean that the donor’s stool sample could have been placed in the patient’s gut before the donor finally indicates illness and is tested positive for Hepatitis or HIV for example. NEVER assume your donor is safe until a proper series of tests have been thoroughly completed. This is so frequently overlooked.

  3. Jack says:

    I have had UC since I was 5 years old, I then had my large bowel removed at 11 years old and had a colostomy bag for 5 years.. I then had the reversal at 16 (J-pouch surgery) and have been fine since then until this year.(I’m 22)
    I have been in and out of hospital this year, and the consultant I see has said that I have some ulcers in the small part of the colon that they left to reattach the small bowel during a reversal.
    It kind of feels that I have been re-diagnosed with UC even though you always have it, and it’s been suggested that I have the whole process done again from scratch or just get a colostomy bag permanently. ( I am waiting to see about some medication before I commit to surgery)
    My question is- Can FMT be used on someone in my position with the J pouch?
    I only discovered this page was because I asked the consultant why there is no bowel transplants and I was told they don’t exist. I also was told that my original surgery to get the colostomy bag was a bit ‘dodgey’ and that so much of the colon should not have been left there..l and that’s where it has come back.
    Sorry for the essay!

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