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Successful treatment with fecal microbiota transplantation in patients with multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and diarrhea following severe sepsis

Overview of attention for article published in Critical Care, October 2016
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Successful treatment with fecal microbiota transplantation in patients with multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and diarrhea following severe sepsis
Published in
Critical Care, October 2016
DOI 10.1186/s13054-016-1491-2
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Yanling Wei, Jun Yang, Jun Wang, Yang Yang, Juan Huang, Hao Gong, Hongli Cui, Dongfeng Chen, Wei, Yanling, Yang, Jun, Wang, Jun, Yang, Yang, Huang, Juan, Gong, Hao, Cui, Hongli, Chen, Dongfeng


The dysbiosis of intestinal microbiota plays an important role in the development of gut-derived infections, making it a potential therapeutic target against multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) after sepsis. However, the effectiveness of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) in treating this disease has been rarely investigated. Two male patients, a 65-year-old and an 84-year-old, were initially diagnosed with cerebellar hemorrhage and cerebral infarction, respectively, after admission. During the course of hospitalization, both patients developed MODS, septic shock, and severe watery diarrhea. Demographic and clinical data were collected. Intestinal dysbiosis was confirmed by 16S rDNA-based molecular analysis of microbiota composition in fecal samples from the two patients. The two patients each received a single nasogastric infusion of sterile-filtered, pathogen-free feces from a healthy donor. Fecal samples were collected every two days post infusion to monitor changes in microbiota composition in response to treatment. Following FMT, MODS and severe diarrhea were alleviated in both patients. Their stool output and body temperature markedly declined and normalized. Significant modification of microbiota composition, characterized by a profound increase of commensals in the Firmicutes phylum and depletion of opportunistic organisms in the Proteobacteria phylum, was observed in both patients. Furthermore, we identified a reconstituted bacterial community enriched in Firmicutes and depleted of Proteobacteria that was associated with a decrease in the patients' fecal output and in the levels of plasma inflammation markers. The outcome of treating two patients with FMT indicates that restoration of the intestinal microbiota barrier can alleviate the infection and modulate the immune response. These findings warrant further investigation of FMT as a putative new therapy for treating microbiota-related diseases such as MODS.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Japan 1 1%
Russia 1 1%
Unknown 96 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 19 19%
Student > Bachelor 12 12%
Student > Postgraduate 9 9%
Student > Master 7 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 6%
Other 19 19%
Unknown 26 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 27 28%
Immunology and Microbiology 10 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 7 7%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 5 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 5%
Other 10 10%
Unknown 34 35%

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