A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW: ARE PROBIOTICS AND FECAL MICROBIOTA TRANSPLANTATIONS EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISEASE PATIENTS?
by MyAnh Hisaeda
Abstract – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a disability that alters an individual’s way of interacting with the social world. While the prevalence of ASD continues to increase, there is still a lack of treatments available. This systematic review evaluates the efficacy of two possible treatments for ASD that aim to utilize the gut-brain axis: probiotics and fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). All FMT and most probiotics studies showed significant improvement in ASD symptoms. There was no significant difference in the effectiveness of the two treatments. The study, therefore, demonstrates the potential of both probiotics and FMT as novel treatments for ASD.