Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT), also known as human probiotic infusion, bacteriotherapy, and fecal transplant, is a powerful infusion of healthy colon flora which has been used to treat C difficile infections, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and other conditions.
An extract of healthy bacteria from the stool of an extensively screened donor is suspended in solution and delivered to the patient via enema, which is then retained for 4-6 hours, or it is further refined and encapsulated. Fecal microbiota transplants may also be delivered via nasogastric tube, colonoscope or capsules.
At Bright Medicine Clinic, we offer FMT via retention enema and via encapsulation, neither of which has any known serious adverse effects. Currently, the FDA allows FMT to be given for antibiotic resistant C difficile infections (CDI), and so we are only able to use this therapy for people with CDI. FMT appears to be over 90% effective at treating refractory (antibiotic resistant) C difficile infections.
To find out whether you meet our eligibility criteria for FMT, please visit our eligibility page.
If you are interested in receiving guidance for at-home fecal microbiota transplant, either for C diff infection or another indication, we offer help with donor screening and, where appropriate, prescriptions for antibiotic pre-treatment to our patients who are able to visit the clinic in person. We also offer remote educational consultations and will work with your doctor(s) to help you receive the treatment you need if you are unable to come to our clinic in Portland.
To schedule an appointment or consultation, please call our office at Good Life Medicine Center 503-477-6670.