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Fecal Transplants Transfer More Than Microbiota

Rosenthal, Ken S. PhD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e318211c556
Immunology/Microbiology for ID

Fecal transplants are being used to repopulate the colon as a treatment for antibiotic-associated chronic diarrhea. In addition to treating the diarrhea, the transferred microbiota carries functions that affect the metabolism, immune system, and potentially, the behavior of the recipient. Screening of fecal donors may be just as necessary as screening organ donors to ensure that unwanted traits are not transferred with the transplant.

Author Information

From the Department of Integrative Medicine, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, Rootstown, OH.

Correspondence to: Ken S. Rosenthal, PhD, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, 4209 SR 44, Rootstown, OH 44272. E-mail:

The author has no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.