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Physicians complete guidelines for stool banks

As physicians are using fecal microbiota transplant treatments more often, guidelines for banking the stools used in the treatments were created by an international group of physicians, according to a report published in Gut. "It is widely accepted that FMT is now a mainstream therapy for refractory, recurrent [Clostridium difficile], but stool-related products should be prepared just like blood-related products in terms of rigorous donor testing, material handling and storage," said Monika Fischer, MD, MS, a gastroenterologist at Indiana University Health, who was involved in developing the guidelines.

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