Woman sees Rapid Weight Gain following Fecal Transplant

Woman sees Rapid Weight Gain following Fecal Transplant

A woman who was treated for a super bug infection with the help of fecal transplant from an obese donor has reported unexpected weight gain. Colonoscopy was used in this procedure. The stool was transplanted in the woman from her daughter, who was overweight but a healthy teenage girl.

The treatment of C. difficile infection demands stool transplant of the patient. It fights back the bacteria of the so called C. difficile infection. The whole process is known as fecal microbiota transplant (FMT).

With a fecal transplant, the doctors replace 'good' bacteria in the gut that was suppressed or killed. This brings out a balance in the colon which was overpopulated by 'bad' bacteria, specifically C-difficile.

Earlier in 2011, the woman was all fit. She had good statistics, regular weight and body mass index.

After 1 year and 4 months of the treatment, the woman's weight rose up from 9.5 stone to a 12 and her BMI from 26 to 33. This is considered obesity by doctors. To decrease the weight, she was told to follow the closely supervised special protein diet and exercise. But, her weight didn't change.

The woman's weight came up to 12 ½ stone and her BMI to 34.5 in the last three years. Specialists at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University are disturbed with it.

They said, "We're questioning whether there was something in the fecal transplant, whether some of those 'good' bacteria we transferred may have had an impact on her metabolism in a negative way".

This case has put the specialists into confusion. The report has suggested all to be careful at the time of choosing a stool donor. A wrong choice can prove dangerous. But, the specialists don't agree to it as they still believe that there are chances that it is not the only cause of increase in weight.


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