TIL that there’s a medical procedure called “Fecal Transplant” that literally consists in collecting feces, also called stool or poop, from a healthy donor and introduce them into a patient’s gastrointestinal tract. The procedure can control an infection called Clostridium difficile.

Read more: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/fecal-transplant

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  1. Clostridium difficile or “C Diff” is extremely difficult to control or treat so Fecal Transplant while gross sounding is a treatment people willingly take.

    C Diff leads to uncontrollable diarrhea and it is hightly communicable if you come into contact with contaminated fecces.

    It is very common in the elderly or people taking large amounts of antibiotics. C Diff is part of your natural gut flora. But large amounts of antibiotics kill off the microbes in your gut that keep C Diff in check.

    I’ve seen medical staff more grossed out and concerned over catching C Diff then Covid.

  2. Yeah c-diff is not fun. It’s super contagious, can lead to other issues (dehydration, infection), and smells really foul. As an RN, we have to take certain precautions when we take care of patients with it so we don’t spread it to our other patients.

  3. Fun fact: Stools are normally taken from three or more healthy donors. However, there is [one famous case](https://www.bbc.com/news/health-31168511) where a woman insisted she use her daughter’s material, and who was overweight, and the woman subsequently gained an impressive 16 kilos, presumably caused by the new gut bacteria that was sourced from an overweight donor.

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