By Teresa Conrick
This recent article appeared in my inbox - Boy, 9, with Tourette's syndrome sees his involuntary tics halted after undergoing a POO TRANSPLANT
A schoolboy with Tourette's syndrome no longer endured involuntary tics after he underwent a poo transplant.
The nine-year-old, from China, suffered bouts of headshaking, shrugging and the urge to shout out words for nearly three years.
But the unnamed patient's tics were 'completely ameliorated' after undergoing the transplant, designed to rebalance his gut bacteria.
The bizarre report, published in an obscure medical journal, adds to the mounting evidence that poo transplants can treat other conditions....eight weeks after the transplant, which originated in China nearly 1,700 years ago, the boys tic severity score dropped from 31 to five.
His parents revealed the severity of his tic symptoms had 'clearly ameliorated', the doctors, led by Dr Huijun Zhao, wrote in the journal.
'They reported that involuntary phonation (making sounds) had disappeared, and involuntary shrugging now occurred only occasionally.'
Some studies have shown benefits from taking probiotics in treating Tourette's syndrome, among other neurological conditions.
And a University of Arizona study published last January claimed that FMT could treat behavioural symptoms in autism patients.
The scientists discovered that children with autism are lacking in bacterial diversity in their gut - and fecal transplants could help rebalance it.
I can't stress enough the importance of this research. I am hoping that we see these transplants available SOON for so many affected children and young adults, with autism, PANDAS, & PANS.
Teresa Conrick is Science Editor for Age of Autism.