Fecal microbiota transplantation in children: A brief review

Suchitra K. Hourigan, Maria Oliva-Hemker

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Abstract

There has been a growing interest in fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) over recent years, in part due to the increasing prevalence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and expanding association of intestinal dysbiosis with a wide range of human diseases. Many adult studies have shown that FMT is an effective treatment for recurrent CDI and may possibly have applications in other illnesses such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); however, there is a paucity of data available in children who may differ from adults for many reasons including having a dynamic developing microbiome compared to adults who have a relatively stable microbiome. Here, we review published studies looking at FMT in children, for CDI and IBD, and discuss special considerations needed when conducting FMT in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-6
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric research
Volume80
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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