2016-02-29 17:10:41 UTC

Feb. 29, 2016

Colleen R. Kelly, MD, presents the history of FMT treatment in IBD and walks viewers through a number of studies on the topic, some with mixed results.

One of the latest on-demand videos available for members interested in the gut microbiome explores the relationship between fecal microbiota transplantation and IBD

During the presentation, which originally appeared at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2015, Colleen R. Kelly, MD, describes the history of FMT treatment in IBD. She presents a number of case studies from her own practice, as well as studies from colleagues. Some of these studies documented complete clinical remission in IBD patients following FMT, while others had mixed results.

Despite the immense promise that FMT holds for IBD patients, the presentation points out that there have been incidents of side effects or worsening of symptoms with treatment. These include infections, fevers, bloating, gas, vomiting and diarrhea, and sometimes flares.

The video also discusses the role of prebiotics and probiotics and GI disease treatment and the gut microbiome. While Dr. Kelly notes that while there has been efficacy with certain probiotic treatments in IBD patients with ulcerative colitis, those same treatments have not proven as effective in those with Crohn’s.

Want to learn more about the exciting advances in FMT treatment for GI disorders? Take a look at some of our other gut microbiome videos on the AGA website, or visit the AGA Center for Gut Microbiome Research and Education.

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