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Published on March 08, 2016

Fecal Microbial Transplantation

Learn more about Clostridium difficile infection.

Fecal Microbial TransplantationIn 2015, Concord Hospital began offering a new, relatively easy and inexpensive treatment that almost always stops a stubborn and dangerous infection known for resisting traditional medication. Our patients have noticed dramatic improvements.

The treatment, Fecal Microbial Transplantation (FMT), or “stool transplant,” involves transplanting frozen fecal bacteria from a carefully screened, healthy donor to a patient’s colon. It is approximately 90 percent effective in fighting Clostridium difficile infection, or C. diff , which commonly
is discovered in hospital patients and nursing home residents being treated with multiple doses of antibiotics. The antibiotics can upset the balance of germs in the colon, which allows C. diff to proliferate, causing symptoms ranging from severe diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon.

In July 2015, Concord Hospital became the first hospital in central and southern New Hampshire to offer FMT. Several patients with recurring C. diff who received treatments at Concord Hospital no longer have C. diff symptoms.

The procedure is performed by gastroenterologists from GI Associates – Concord Gastroenterology. After years of suff ering, many patients recover within a few days of receiving the treatment.