Stool transplant offers hope to treat alcoholic hepatitis
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Researchers at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences have successfully completed a pilot study on using stool transplant to treat severe alcoholic hepatitis. The process involved delivery of pre-screened, healthy stool to a patient from a relative.

Stool has a massive reserve of bacteria and helps modulate gut microbiota in patients with severe alcoholic hepatitis, said Dr Sarin.“Our research also indicates new species from the donor, which are less pathogenic and beneficial, coexist with pre-existing bacterial communities and the latter gets substantially modified by the donor species.“ Every year, one lakh people die in India due to liver failure. Of these, many suffer from alcoholic liver diseases where steroid administration or organ transplants are the only options. Both are costly and come with risk of complications. Stool transplant costs a few thousands only .

Dr Anupam Sibal, senior paediatric gastroenterologist, Apollo Hospital, said stool transplant had already been used for treating antibiotic-induced diarrhoea and Crohn's disease.

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