Study links newly discovered bacteria to cord colitis

08/9/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Colitis that occurs following a transplant of cord-blood stem cells may be caused by a novel bacterium, according to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers who performed genetic sequencing of colon biopsies. The study did not demonstrate a causal relationship between Bradyrhizobium enterica and cord colitis but hematologist William Hogan of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said if confirmed, the findings will make diagnosis of diarrhea after transplantation a little easier.

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