An unnamed Rhode Island patient underwent the fecal matter transplant in 2011 to cure a serious bacterial infection C. difficile, which can lead to diarrhea and potentially fatal inflammation of colon. A patient gained more than 40 pounds of weight over the 36 months post-transplant. Her doctors reported that she was not able to lose the gained weight with regular exercise or diet.

The scientists are concerned with a case of a normal-weight woman becoming obese following the fecal transplant. While the doctors cited the evidence of lean mice gaining weight following fecal microbes transplant from obese mice, they are still not sure of what caused the weight gain in a woman patient.

A case report is published in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases and its authors are Dr. Neha Alang of Rhode Island’s Newport Hospital and Dr. Colleen Kelly of and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

The authors have mentioned in a report that the present case warns the consideration of non-ideal donors for fecal microbiota transplant. They also recommended selecting non-overweight donors for such transplant.

Fecal transplants have recently been accepted to treat C. difficile infections, which occurs when the natural habitants of the gut are killed by the antibiotics, replacing the gut flora with C. difficile bacteria.

Fecal transplant is done by collecting healthy donor’s fecal matter and placing it in the intestine of the recipient. The reintroduction of the good bacteria is expected to restore the natural flora of the gut.

The published case report describes that the donor was the patient’s 16-year daughter, who was normal-weight at the time of transplant. However, she gained weight later, weighing 170 patients.

Dr. Kelly said in a statement that whether there was something in the fecal transplant or good bacteria have negative impact on patient’s metabolism.

13 Responses

  1. Rooster Lohmeyer

    How does one person shyt into another persons butt? I’ve watched allot of porn, but that’s a new one to me.

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  2. IInAwe

    Ok, so if both the donor and the patient gained weight LATER…maybe they were so freaked out by the whole my poop is YOUR poop thing that they started eating lots of burgers and macaroni and cheese…

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  3. Scott

    Next they’re going to tell us that you can lose weight from a fecal transplant

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  4. heirloomtomato

    If the patient had a serious bacterial infection, wasn’t that probably responsible for keeping her weight down prior to the fecal transplant? Sounds more like the fecal transplant did work as intended and this lady probably would have been overweight were it not for that bacterial infection.

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    • Brad

      She was probably normal weight prior to becoming ill. That’s why this is significant. Otherwise I’m not sure how this would even be a story.

      But actually, none of this makes sense as it sounds like it was written by a bot.

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  5. Jenny Green

    I’m having a hard time with this story. First, a 16 year old gaining 40 lbs in the years from ages 16-19 isn’t that odd, fecal transplant or not. Particularly not if you’re telling us mom &/or dad were also overweight. Apples never fall far from the tree. If this ‘patient’ was a 32 year old man or woman who gained 40lbs in 3 years (& presuming they had maintaining a steady weight for themselves in adulthood prior to the fecal transplant) then it might be noteworthy. This one anecdotal story isn’t proving anything. I also have no reason to believe that a teenager was being honest about her diet & exercise with doctors. Is the only proof of her following the supposed ‘regular diet & exercise’ her claiming that she did?

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  6. WhatALameStoy

    Not only does this story appear to be “bot” written, but if the doctors in question seriously claim that a normal weight teenage don’t who later gained weight, cause the patient to also gain weight, then I think there are a couple medical licenses that need to be reevaluated because someone clearly has no concept of biology.

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  7. grammar nazi

    Those last two paragraphs need some grammar editing. Her daughter weighted 170 patients? Was this written by a bot?

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  8. tunafacialmelts

    …that turned out to be a shitty deal for her…yeah BABY!

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  9. Watchin'

    This does not make sense; if the donor was not obese at the time of the transplant, then this whole article is incorrect. Or am I confused?

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      • DocsNeedEducationToo

        Re-read this
        “The published case report describes that the donor was the patient’s 16-year daughter, who was normal-weight at the time of transplant. However, she gained weight later, weighing 170 patients.”

        The donor was the patients daughter, who was NORMAL weight at the time, however she gained weight LATER. So yeah…..makes no sense at all and these “doctors” clearly eat crackerjacks cause that appears to be where they got there license.

  10. Jiffypop

    Holy cow! She weighed 170 patients!

    The published case report describes that the donor was the patient’s 16-year daughter, who was normal-weight at the time of transplant. However, she gained weight later, weighing 170 patients.

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