here’s a something quite a few South Africans would not have complained about
in 2020 – a bizarre, rare condition which causes drunkenness, without drinking
Auto-brewery syndrome causes intoxication when yeast in the gut produces excessive amounts of ethanol after eating carb-rich foods.
A 47-year-old man from Belgium discovered he had the syndrome after feeling drunk throughout the day, despite not having had any booze.
After two months of boozy - but booze-free days - doctors diagnosed him with auto-brewery syndrome, and prescribed a low-carb diet and a course of anti-fungal medication, reported the Daily Mail.
The man’s wife, however, said she could still smell alcohol on his breath, and he complained of still feeling drunk. The last straw for him was being pulled over by the cops for “drunk driving” and having his license revoked.
His doctors’ next steps were even more bizarre than his condition – they said he’d need a faecal transplant to help rebalance the bacteria in his gut.
In a case study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine last month, specialists revealed that the man’s 22-year-old daughter was the poop donor.
Doctors transferred faecal microbiota, the bacteria found in faeces, from his daughter, and implanted it into the man’s gut through his small intestine.
believed that the man became susceptible to the condition after he had
completed a course of antibiotics and had a gastric bypass surgery years
earlier, which caused an imbalance in his gut microbes.
Now, 34 months after his surgery, he no longer suffers from any symptoms and has been declared “the first successful treatment of a patient with chronic gut fermentation syndrome by using fecal microbiota transplantation,” reported Insider.
And he even got his driver’s license back!
It is the administration of a solution of fecal matter from a donor into the intestinal tract of a recipient to replenish bacterial balance and cure some infections.
How is it performed?
Usually performed by a colonoscopy. The doctor will insert a small flexible tube through the rectum into the colon. Some doctors prefer injecting the liquid solution through an enema into the colon or inserting tubes into the nostril, down the patient’s throat and into their stomach.
Is it safe?
The procedure is reasonably safe and effective. Common side effects include a mild fever, abdominal discomfort and flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation, and vomiting – but these symptoms usually pass after a few weeks.