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Fecal Transplant Studied for Kids With Bowel Disease
Date:4/17/2013

nvestigator and pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Sachin Kunde said in a hospital news release.

"We believe that the procedure may restore 'abnormal' bacteria to 'normal' in patients with ulcerative colitis," Kunde said. "Our short-term study looked at the safety and tolerability of [fecal microbial transplantation] for these patients."

Larger and longer studies are needed before the process could be recommended for clinical practice, the researchers said.

As many as 700,000 Americans have ulcerative colitis, and approximately 25 percent are diagnosed during childhood, according to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Kunde said fecal transplantation could offer patients a natural, inexpensive treatment option.

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The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about ulcerative colitis.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, news release, April 2013


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