B.C. doctor hopes ‘snot’ transplants will help patients with chronic sinus problems (Dr. Amin Javer, SPH)

A Vancouver doctor is hoping an experimental new treatment involving mucus transplants could help his patients with chronic sinus problems.

Dr. Amin Javer, director of the Sinus Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver, recently began the first phase of a study to treat patients with chronic rhinosinusitis that haven’t responded to any other treatments.

He’s hoping that in the second phase, he will be able to transfer mucus from a healthy individual into a sick one and thereby restore the bacterial balance inside the sick person’s sinus — hopefully making them well again.

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