Donor stool triumphant

stool_200w.jpgIN THE annals of medical history, this could go down as one of the most effective but stomach-churning treatments ever devised. Scientists seeking a cure for a deadly superbug have successfully treated patients using human faeces.

Trials in a Scottish hospital have shown patients suffering from the Clostridium difficile bug can be cured using ‘donor stool’ administered via a tube through the nose into their stomach….

So says an October 14, 2007 Scotland on Sunday article.

The concept gained steam, so to speak, several years ago with study done at St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic Health System, Duluth, Minnesota:

Recurrent Clostridium difficile colitis: case series involving 18 patients treated with donor stool administered via a nasogastric tube,” Johannes Aas, Charles E. Gessert, and Johan S. Bakken, Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 36, March 2003, pp. 585.

(Thanks to investigator Rachel Walden for bringing the new stool to our attention, and to investigator Kristine Danowski for the old.)