Intest Res.  2020 Jul;18(3):337-340. 10.5217/ir.2019.00108.

Incidental benefits after fecal microbiota transplant for ulcerative colitis

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Gastroenterology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, India
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, India
  • 3Department of Pharmacology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, India
  • 4Department of Dietetics, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, India

Abstract

Gut dysbiosis can result in several diseases, including infections (Clostridium difficile infection and infectious gastroenteritis), autoimmune diseases (inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, and allergic disorders), behavioral disorders and other conditions like metabolic syndrome and functional gastrointestinal disorders. Amongst various therapies targeting gut microbiome, fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is becoming a focus in the public media and peer reviewed literature. We have been using FMT for induction of remission in patients with moderate to severe active ulcerative colitis (UC) and also for subsequent maintenance of remission. Four cases reported incidental benefits while being treated with FMT for UC. These included weight loss (n=1), improvement in hair loss (n=1), amelioration of axial arthritis (n=1) and improvement in allergic rhinitis (n=1), thereby suggesting potential clinical applications of FMT in treating extraintestinal diseases associated with gut dysbiosis.

Keyword

Fecal microbiota transplantation; Colitis, ulcerative; Incidental findings
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