Complicated C. difficile Clinic
Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Note: Input West Complex for Google Maps and some GPS devices.
Parking: Free with validation, using your green parking ticket when you register at your appointment. Use the Lee Street Parking Garage directly across the street from University Hospital and Emergency Department.
Shuttle service: Runs every 30 minutes, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. shuttle stop locations.
Drop-off locations: Patients can be dropped off in front of the West Complex off Jefferson Park Avenue.
The Complicated C. difficile Clinic treats patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infections. The C. diff bacteria can cause severe diarrhea and even life-threatening infections. When antibiotics fail to work, the clinic uses Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT), an effective treatment that cures the infection in about 90 percent of patients.
To qualify for FMT, you must:
- Have had 3 recurrent infections, documented by a doctor
- Be evaluated at our clinic
- A healthy adult between the ages of 18 and 65
- Eligible to donate blood
- Undergo extensive screening
What to Expect at Your First Visit
During your first visit, we will determine if you are a candidate for FMT. If you qualify, the procedure will generally be scheduled 6 weeks later, depending on whether you choose your own donor or a universal donor. Prescreened stool from universal donors is frozen and available for use sooner.
You will be seen by doctors from one or more subspecialties, and your case will be reviewed by a multidisciplinary team.
Please do not bring a donor stool sample to your initial clinic visit.
Cost and Insurance
For the Recipient
The clinic visits, laboratory studies and colonoscopy are considered part of the general work-up for diarrhea. Depending upon your insurance, your policy may cover these costs. You will be responsible for any copays required by your insurance.
For the Donor
Many of the laboratory studies are considered part of general medical care. Depending upon your insurance, your policy may cover these costs. You will be responsible for any copays required by your insurance, although some testing may be paid for by our FMT program if it is performed at UVA Hospital.