A strange syndrome in which the human intestine distills its own alcohol was successfully cured thanks to a fecal transplant when no other treatment worked. making the case the first in the medical literature of its kind.
What are fecal transplants?
The doctor Carlos Valenzuela gastroenterologist from the Biobío Clinic, explained to Futuro 360 that “fecal transplants consist of taking the stools of a healthy donor who does not present any gastrointestinal disease, and put them in the intestine of a sick person through 2 routes; the nasojejunal or through a colonoscopy ”.
“These treatments have been shown to be effective especially when treating patients with clostridium difficile, those who have diarrhea and do not respond to the usual treatments ”, added Valenzuela.
Curing drunkenness with the microbiota
Known as self-distillation syndrome (ABS), This extraordinary condition can leave sufferers feeling intoxicated, even if they haven’t had a drop of alcohol.
ABS is caused by microorganisms – usually fungi – inside the digestive system that feed on the carbohydrates that people consume, creating their own alcohol.
Most of us have these microbes from fermentation in small amounts, but in ABS it causes populations of this flora to get out of control. Sometimes the condition is triggered after an antibiotic treatment unbalances the natural flora.
In fact, this was what brought the 47-year-old Belgian patient to hospital. After completing a dose of antibiotics, he began to experience mysterious drunken moments; which lasted for two months.
The patient told the doctors that he had not consumed alcohol in 4 days, but despite that, its ethanol in blood samples was shown to be 17 times higher than what is considered normal.
Despite having received regular treatment, the subject did not show significant improvements. Therefore, the professionals in charge of your case suggested carrying out a “poop transplant,” professionally known as a microbiota transfer.
Recently the treatment has shown some effectiveness, and the patient was willing to receive a donation from his 22-year-old daughter. Fortunately, the transplant worked wonderfully – The middle-aged man returned to normal levels of ethanol in his blood.
Three years after the transplant, the patient regained his life and, according to the doctors Annals of Internal Medicine, occasionally enjoy a beer or two.