Hair Growth in Two Alopecia Patients after Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Publication

American College of Gastroenterology Case Reports

Author(s)

Dionne Rebello, MD, Elaina Wang, BS, Eugene Yen, MD, Peter A. Lio, MD, and Colleen R. Kelly, MD, FACG

Abstract

Clostridium difficile infections can be life-threatening but are increasingly being treated successfully with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). We report two patients with alopecia universalis who developed subsequent hair regrowth after FMT for treatment of recurrent C. difficile infections. Gut microbiota may have immunomodulatory effects in autoimmune conditions such as alopecia areata, and further study may elucidate disease mechanisms and lead to alternative treatment options for these patients for whom treatment options are currently limited.

Date

September 13, 2017

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