Hair Growth in Two Alopecia Patients after Fecal Microbiota Transplant
Dionne Rebello, MD, Elaina Wang, BS, Eugene Yen, MD, Peter A. Lio, MD, and Colleen R. Kelly, MD, FACG ACG Case Rep J 2017;4:e107. http://dx.doi.org/10.14309/crj.2017.107
We are delighted to select the case of “Hair Growth in Two Alopecia Patients after Fecal Microbiota Transplant” as our first vignette of the month. This manuscript describes two patients with alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune, inflammatory condition of the hair follicle, who were treated with fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) for recurrent Clostridium difficile. After their FMT, the patients were seen to have hair regrowth. This case adds to the evolving literature regarding the use of fecal microbiota transplant outside of Clostridium difficile infection, particularly in the setting of autoimmune disease where the commensal microbiota is thought to play a key role. The reason we selected this case to feature is that it touches on the depth and breadth of the microbiome and further highlights the need to understand the role of gut microbiota in the pathogenesis of different disease states.
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