Refractory Bacteria Respond to Fecal Transplant

Transplanting fecal matter with healthy bacteria into patients with refractory Clostridium difficile infections can lead to quick relief, researchers said this week at the ACG Annual Scientific Meeting. Mark Mellow, MD, of Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, and colleagues reported that fecal microbiota transplant had a 91% rate of success – defined as no recurrence within three months – among 77 patients with refractory C. difficile infection.