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Poop transplant can help recover from Covid – scientists

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Stool transplant, or faecal microbiota transplant (FMT) helped patients recover from coronavirus

Stool transplants have already proven to be effective in fighting colitis, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea and even autism, scientists say.

This new study shows a new way to treat people infected with SARS-COV-2 with the help of faecal microbiota transplant (FMT).

It is reported that both patients, 80 and 19 years old, suffered from colitis, but they were also diagnosed with coronavirus. 

During the course of treatment, both were administered microbiota obtained from the feces of healthy people.

“The older patient had a high fever. He passed a positive PCR test. The man was prescribed remdesevir and intended to inject blood plasma with antibodies to SARS-CoV2. However, two days after the faecal transplant, his COVID-19 symptoms disappeared and pneumonia did not worsen,” write the authors of the study.

The young man was treated with immunosuppressants and antibiotics. Already 15 hours after the stool transplant, he was diagnosed with coronavirus.

“This patient had a fever several times before the faecal transplant, but soon the symptoms of infection disappeared,” the doctors noted. 

Soon, PCR tests in both patients showed negative results.

Scientists emphasize that it is too early to draw serious conclusions. But they intend to conduct clinical trials to see if it is worth adding poop transplants to standard coronavirus treatment procedures.

“Our main conclusion from these cases is that a fecal microbiota transplant appears safe and of comparable efficacy in treating recurrent C. difficile infection in patients with coexisting COVID-19,” the researchers write in a letter describing the case.

“A further more speculative question is whether a fecal microbiota transplant may impact the clinical course of COVID-19.”

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