Have a gut-swrenching disorder that has made the bathroom your best friend? How about swallowing a bunch of worm eggs to fix it?
That potential treatment is being tested in two Austin locations and more than 60 others around the country. This clinical trial involves ingesting 7,500 microscopic pig whipworm eggs every two weeks to combat Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract.
The story you’re reading is premium content from the Austin American-Statesman. Subscribers get total access to all our in-depth news, digital editions and exclusive premium content. You can also buy a 24-hour digital pass or 7-day digital pass.
Read MyStatesman.com now — 24-hour digital pass99¢ for 24-hours
Read MyStatesman.com all week — 7-day digital pass$3.99 for 7-days
Subscribe to the Statesman for as little as 33¢ per dayView Offers
For Subscribers: Register your account for digital access.Access Digital
For Subscribers: Sign in here if you have already registered your account.Sign In
Central Texas residents with moderate-to-severe Crohn’s disease who are between 18 and 64 may be eligible for the clinical trial using pig whipworms. Those interested in enrolling with Dr. John Ziebert of Austin can contact his study coordinator, Erica Sherrill at Professional Quality Research, at 374-0677 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enrollment closes May 31, Sherrill said.