Faecal transplants demonstrated to ease IBS

Study is 'proof' that condition is closely related to changes in gut microbia

Faecal microbiota transplants may have a role in relieving IBS symptoms, the first randomised controlled trial in the condition suggests.

woman with stomach pain

People with moderate to severe IBS showed significant symptomatic improvement at three months but not a year after receiving a faecal transplant via a colonoscopy, according to findings from a small Norwegian study.

At three months, 36 of 55 patients (65%) receiving faecal transplants showed significant improvement in IBS severity compared with 43% in the placebo group who received transplants of their own faeces.