Every year, about 500,000 Americans become sick with Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections, caused by bacteria that invades the colon. But the most stubborn of these infections may have met their match with a procedure known as a fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT).

C. diff is not normally part of the gastrointestinal flora, says gastroenterologist Bahri Bilir, MD.

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