Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for the Treatment of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (FMT-NASH)


Majadahonda Iron Gate University

Status and phase

Not yet enrolling
Phase 1


Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease


Other: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


Human microbiota is the set of microorganisms that, in a symbiotic way, coexist and develop in the different surfaces (skin and mucous membranes) of the human body. It is estimated that it is composed of approximately 10^14 bacteria and other unicellular life forms . The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the organ in which the microbiota reaches its greatest complexity, influencing its metabolic activities in different organs and human systems. Human microbiota plays a role in multiple homeostatic and physiological functions including energy and intermediary metabolism, normal immune responses, and even appropriate bowel development and nervous system functioning. Given its vascular supply, the liver plays important roles in metabolism and immunological functions. It receives 70% of blood supply through the portal vein which carries all metabolic products derived from GI microbiota. Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in developed countries (with an estimated prevalence around 25 - 40% of adults) and it is expected that the burden of disease will increase in the near future. This condition can progress through a spectrum of progressive liver damage to non alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), liver fibrosis, cirrhosis and liver cancer. Around 20-30% of NAFLD patients develop NASH, with a lower rate progressing further to fibrosis and cirrhosis. Currently, there is no approved pharmacological or interventional treatment for the management of this so prevalent disease, apart from changes in lifestyle aiming weight loss. The aim of the present pilot study is to assess the efficacy and safety of microbiota manipulation by means of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in the treatment of patients with NASH.


15 estimated patients




18 to 75 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Body Mass Index > 30 Kg / m^2
  • Histological evidence of NASH (by means of hepatic percutaneous biopsy obtained in the previous six months) defined as at least 1 point in each category of NAFLD Activity Score with a fibrosis stage between 0 and 3.
  • Global NAFLD Activity Score >= 4 points
  • For patients with fibrosis stage 0 or 1, NAFLD Activity Score should be >= 5 points and they should have one of the following comorbidities: Metabolic Syndrome, type 2 diabetes mellitus or Homeostasis Model Assessment - Insulin Resistance (HOMA-IR) > 6.

Exclusion criteria

  • Patients unable or unwilling to give the informed consent
  • Patients actively participating in another clinical trial or investigational protocol
  • Cirrhosis of the liver: Transient elastography > 20 kilopascal or histological evidence of it (grade 4 fibrosis)
  • Alcoholic consumption greater than 14 g / week in women or 21 g / week in men
  • Any significant hepatic comorbidity: chronic active viral hepatitis, cholestatic disease, hemochromatosis or Wilson disease
  • HIV infection
  • Liver transplantation
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Women during pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • Portal thrombosis
  • Non-cirrhotic portal hypertension
  • Gastroesophageal varices
  • Previous gastrointestinal tract major surgery (excluding appendectomy and cholecystectomy)
  • Previous Fecal Microbiota Transplantation
  • Chronic significant kidney or heart disease
  • Life expectancy lower than two years
  • Chronic use of steatogenic drugs
  • Chronic use of immunosuppressants

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Single Group Assignment


None (Open label)

15 participants in 1 patient group

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation
Experimental group
Lean healthy donor frozen fecal microbiota will be administered via duodenal infusion in an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
Other: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

Trial contacts and locations



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