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Title: What is unknown in using microbiota as a therapeutic?
Authors: Sung, Joseph Jao Yiu
Wong, Sunny Hei
Keywords: Science::Medicine
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Sung, J. J. Y. & Wong, S. H. (2022). What is unknown in using microbiota as a therapeutic?. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 37(1), 39-44. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jgh.15716
Journal: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Abstract: Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has been used extensively in the treatment of various gastrointestinal and extraintestinal conditions, despite that there are still a lot of missing gaps in our knowledge in the gut microbiota and its behavior. This article describes the unknowns in microbiota biology (undetected microbes, uncertain colonization, unclear mechanisms of action, uncertain indications, unsure long-term efficacy, or side effects). We discuss how these unknowns may affect the therapeutic uses of FMT, and the potentials and caveats of other related microbiota-based therapies. When used as an experimental therapy or last resort in difficult conditions, caution should be taken against inadvertent complications. Clear documentations of post-treatment events should be made mandatory, classified, and graded as in clinical trials. Further robust scientific experiments and properly designed clinical studies are needed.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/162005
ISSN: 0815-9319
DOI: 10.1111/jgh.15716
Rights: © 2021 Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Foundation and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd. All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: none
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