Recurring C. difficile infections may be alleviated by an intestinal transplant, according to a new study from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The transplantation of healthy feces into patients with C. difficile promotes the growth of healthy gut bacteria and eases the symptoms of infections.
The Immune – Gut Connection
Certain combinations of microorganisms in the gut seem to enhance the overall gut microbiome quicker than others. A particular immune system may be the cause of these differences, researchers say. In order to avoid C. difficile re-infections, it is critical to determine what immunological responses vary in patients who have had fecal transplants.