In the recent medical news, a research was made that ulcerative colitis can be treated through transplanting stools. The procedure will eventually heal the colon and relieve the weakening causes of ulcerative colitis.
Stool from a healthy donor is transferred in order to avoid the disease to progress causing the health of the patient to deteriorate. The study was made by scientists from Australia for the intention of making use of the procedure for general purposes and can be widely accepted as a suitable treatment for the disease.
Dr. Sudarshan Paramsothy, a gastroenterologist from the University of New South Wales stated that the process of stool transplanting has been successful as well as its results on patients.
Interesting health news can come from the treatment itself. A large number of people in America are suffering from the disease, not because it does not have any particular treatment, but because symptoms are but common. There is no particular cause for ulcerative colitis though it was connected to people with low immune system. The cause of the disease is yet to be discovered. The disease causes the inflammation of the colon’s lining thus causing ulcers or wounds. Due to the open sores, bloody stools, pain in the abdominal area and loose stoolsare some of the symptoms.
Transplanting of stools is done when a patient is suffering from a life threatening bacteria called Clostridium difficile which causes infection in the gastrointestinal area. This is the only time that a patient receives the procedure. The procedure is definitely not for the faint of heart, nor for the squeamish, as the element for treatment are stools.
Patients suffering from ulcerative colitis have become immune to conventional treatment which is discovered by Paramsothy together with his team.
To further the test and studies, patients were divided into two groups wherein one group went through the stool transplanting procedure for eight weeks while the other group received a placebo.
The stool that was transferred to the patient came from three donors. This is to avoid discrepancies on the result.
Since each member will receive forty solutions, more donations were requested. Before it is administered to the patients, the stools were filtered and combined. It was later on stored in a cold environment. The procedure is first administered to the patient by attending doctors and the succeeding administration was done by the members themselves.
According to Paramsothy, there will always be risks since a biological substance is being used. It is like putting a foreign object into the person’s body. To combat the risks, tests are done on the stool as well as the blood of the donor.
After patients were checked after eight weeks of the treatment, 27% of the members were treated of ulcerative colitis. The results were gathered through endoscopy. It was discovered that the colons were healed. The other half of the members who received the placebo procedure, there were only 8% of the members who were treated of the disease.
There was a high percentage of the members who did not went through the observation but received the transplant got good results compared to those who received the placebo treatment.
Medical news today stated that the research will be presented during the Digestive Disease Week which will be held in San Diego. Though results were not yet finalized, one U.S. expert believed that the study of the two groups is quite impressive.
Dr. R. Balfour Sartor, the Broad Research Medical Program made for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America director was impressed and thought that a further study has to be made with the procedure.
He added that though stool transplanting is something to be grossed about, it has reached the peak of its popularity.
Professionals in the field of medicine believed that the procedure is effective and safe in treating ulcerative colitis.
Sartor and Paramsothy believed that despite the positive results, further tests and research must be made on the treatment. This is to discover the long lasting effects it can give to patients.
Its long term effects is not stressed as there were no follow up reports on the patients that went through the procedure after eight weeks. The challenge here now will be learning about the patient’s condition after going through the treatment.
A healthy diet can greatly help to avoid acquiring the disease, however patients do not have to worry if they are suffering from ulcerative colitis as experts are exerting so much effort in finding the best solution to get the disease treated.