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Faecal microbiota transfer in microscopic colitis

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Julia König

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Microscopic colitis (MC) is a disease with chronic inflammation of the colon that is mostly diagnosed in middle-aged or elderly women. Patients suffer from chronic watery diarrhoea, abdominal pain and weight loss. The aetiology of MC is still unknown but it is hypothesized that MC is caused by a deregulated immune response to a luminal agent in predisposed individuals, and an important role of the intestinal microbiota is suggested. 

In the current proof-of-concept study, we will evaluate the effect of faecal microbiota transfer (FMT) in these patients. FMT consists in the infusion of suspended stool from a healthy donor into the intestine of a patient with the aim to restore a disturbed intestinal microbiota.


Holster, S. , Rode, J. , Bohr, J. , Kumawat, A. K. , Veress, G. , Hultgren Hörnquist, E. , Brummer, R. J. & König, J. (2020). Faecal microbiota transfer in patients with microscopic colitis: a pilot study in collagenous colitis. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 55 (12), 1454-1466.

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