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Frozen Stool Proves Effective for C. Difficile Treatment

Treatment for C. difficile involves the transplant of stool from an uninfected donor in order to introduce healthy bacteria but finding a just-in-time donor is often inconvenient. Now, researchers have found that frozen stool samples are just as effective for the transplant. Additionally, administering via a feeding tube rather than via a colonoscopy is just as effective and also less expensive, USA Today reports. The findings, based on a study in Clinical Infectious Diseases, showed a “90% cure rate in 20 patients treated with stool from unrelated donors that was frozen for up to 156 days.” Experts say that “in the future, donors may be further screened to match their gut microbes with the needs of individual patients.”

Read the article published by USA Today.

Read the study in Clinical Infectious Diseases.