Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection in Patients With Multiple Comorbidities: Long-Term Safety and Efficacy Results From a Tertiary Care Community Hospital

Charumathi Raghu Subramanian, Swapna Talluri, Safi Ullah Khan, Jeffry A. Katz, Michael Georgetson, Preetika Sinh


Background: Cure rates of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) with fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) have been promising. However, there is debate regarding success of FMT in patients with comorbidities.

Methods: Electronic chart review was done to collect data on patients who underwent FMT from January 2015 to August 2017. Charts were analyzed in November 2018 with a median follow-up of 25.4 months (interquartile range 20 - 31 months).

Results: Twenty patients underwent FMT. The primary success rate at our institution was 90% and overall success rate was 100%. Six patients (43%) had FMT failure (two early and four late).

Conclusions: This case series is a description of our center’s initial experience with FMT for treatment of recurrent CDI. Our high success rate reiterates the efficacy and safety of FMT in this population including patients with comorbidities.

Gastroenterol Res. 2020;13(4):138-145
doi: https://doi.org/10.14740/gr1275


Fecal microbiota transplant; Clostridium difficile infection; Inflammatory bowel disease

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