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Ulcerative Colitis Patients May Benefit from Fecal Transplantation

The results of a trial presented at a meeting this week show that 1 in 4 patients with ulcerative colitis found their symptoms disappeared and their gut linings had healed or substantially improved after receiving fecal microbiota transplantation – without the use of steroids.

The findings feature at Digestive Disease Week 2016, San Diego, CA, 21-24 May, 2016.

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) with no known cure. It arises from a recurring immune response that causes the colon or large intestine to become inflamed and ulcerated.

Symptoms include rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. The condition is similar to another IBD called Crohn’s disease – except that Crohn’s affects the whole digestive tract.

Ulcerative colitis affects millions of people around the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that around 238 out of every 100,000 adults in the United States have the condition.

Although the causes of ulcerative colitis are not well understood, there is evidence that gut bacteria or microbiota may play an important role… Read More>>

Source: Medical News Today