duminică, 4 decembrie 2016

Transplantul de căcat

“We have all heard of patients whose lives are saved by receiving a new heart, kidney, or liver. One of the most recent advancements in transplantation involves the tranferring of stool from one person’s colon to another! This seemingly barbaric practice has been shown to help patients recover from a form of colitis caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile. After the collection and processing of the donated stool, the feces are placed into the patient’s small intestine via an endoscopic tube. Typically used as a last resort, this treatment seeks to correct the colon’s bacterial imbalance by repopulating the gut with billions of healthful bacteria from a healthy volunteer. Whereas the waiting list for organs can grow quite long, the future of stool transplantation appears promising, owing to the short list of willing recipients and the potentially endless supply of donors.”

(Josh Richman and Anish Sheth, M.D. – What’s Your Poo Telling You?)