Conducting a “fecal transplant” operation on a Belgian man after suffering a rare disease
Tuesday – 28 Dhu al-Hijjah 1441 AH – August 18, 2020 CE
The patient always felt drunk without drinking a single drop of wine (Reuters)
Brussels: «Middle East Online»
According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, the patient, who is 47 years old, felt permanently drunk for two months, which raised his surprise as he did not drink any kind of alcohol during that period, which prompted him to go to Ghent University Hospital, where he told him Doctors said that he suffers from a very rare disease called “autonomic fermentation syndrome”.
In this case, the body produces ethanol in the intestine after eating carbohydrate-rich meals. Ethanol is an organic chemical compound that belongs to the alcohol family.
In the beginning, doctors suggested that the patient follow a low-carbohydrate diet and take anti-fungal medications, but he did not feel any improvement, which prompted doctors to resort to a “stool transplant”, in which they took a sample of healthy stool from a donor and implanted it into the intestine. Patient, as the defective bacteria have been replaced by healthy microbes.
After undergoing the transplant, the patient’s condition immediately improved.
It is noteworthy that “autonomic fermentation syndrome” is more prevalent among patients suffering from diabetes, obesity and Crohn’s disease, which affects the digestive system, but it can occur in healthy individuals as well.