FMT: Colonoscopy vs. endoscopy

Research presented at Digestive Disease Week examined colonoscopy and endoscopy as delivery mechanisms for fecal microbiota transplantation, according to an HCPLive report.

The research team from White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, examined 31 cases of FMT delivered via colonoscopy in patients with recurrent C. difficile infection and 36 cases of FMT delivered via upper endoscopy in patients with recurrent C. difficile infection.

The researchers found the initial cure rate with colonoscopy to be 83.8 percent and 77.6 percent in the endoscopy group. When performed a second time, the cure in both groups reached nearly 100 percent.

The researchers concluded that colonoscopy is more effective for gaining an initial cure with FMT.

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