Donor fecal microbiota transplant effective for C. difficile infection

August 24, 2016

(HealthDay)—For patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), donor fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is safe and more efficacious than autologous FMT, according to a study published online Aug. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

In an effort to examine the efficacy and safety of FMT, Colleen R. Kelly, M.D., from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, R.I., and colleagues conducted a involving 46 patients at two with three or more recurrences of CDI. Patients were randomized to FMT with donor stool or patient's own stool administered by colonoscopy.

In intention-to-treat analysis, the researchers found that 90.9 percent of patients in the donor FMT group achieved clinical cure, compared with 62.5 percent in the autologous FMT group (P = 0.042). There was variation by site in resolution after autologous FMT (nine of 10 versus six of 14; P = 0.033). For the nine who developed recurrent CDI after autologous FMT, there were no further episodes of CDI after subsequent donor FMT. No FMT-related serious adverse events were observed. Gut bacterial community diversity and composition were restored by donor FMT to resemble that of healthy donors.

"Donor stool administered via colonoscopy seemed safe and was more efficacious than autologous FMT in preventing further CDI episodes," the authors write.

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