Q. Is fecal transplant a temporary or permanent cure for dysbiosis?

Answered by
Dr. Ajeet Kumar
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 16, 2020 and last reviewed on: Feb 22, 2023

Hi doctor,

I have a microbiome imbalance. It seems like dysbiosis or leaky gut or overgrowth of pathogens. It makes me feel sick. I take probiotics and a good diet to manage these symptoms. But when I am not taking it, my symptom flares up. I read about fecal transplants. Is this something that can help me? What is the difference present between probiotics and fecal transplant? All these symptoms got started after taking antibiotics in the past but still, I have these symptoms. I have done a stool test and blood test. All the results came back normal. Is this condition permanent or temporary?



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Dysbiosis or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) presents with excessive gas, abdominal fullness, pain, diarrhea, or altered bowel habits. You have not mentioned the predominant symptom present in your case. It is important to know before having treatment. Fecal transplant is still experimental in the treatment of SIBO or dysbiosis and it is not a recommended therapy.

There is a huge difference present between probiotics and fecal transplants. As the name implies, it means putting refined stools enriched with healthy bacteria into the gastrointestinal tract especially on the right side of the colon or terminal ileum through colonoscopy. As you have negative results for the stool test and blood test, you do not have dysbiosis. There are certain conditions that mimic SIBO or dysbiosis. Kindly send your test reports taken and kindly mention your particular symptoms. This is not a permanent condition. After establishing a diagnosis, it can be well cured with medicines.

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