Autism may improve with faecal transplants

More than 40% of children in the study no longer met the diagnostic criteria for the disorder

Faecal transplants could provide long-term improvement in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related gastrointestinal symptoms, according to a small follow-up study.

Arizona State University researchers followed up 18 children two years after a pioneering trial of modified faecal-microbiota transplantation that led to a reduction in core ASD and GI symptoms.