While antibiotics can help fight off bad bacteria, they can also kill good bacteria. When this happens, C. diff can grow and cause diarrhea, colitis and, on occasion, life-threatening infection.
Antibiotics cure some C. diff infections, but they don’t always work.
Fecal Transplant: A New, Effective Treatment
For people with recurrent C. diff infections, UVA offers Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT or fecal transplant).
How Fecal Transplant Works
Fecal transplant involves taking stool from a healthy donor and putting it in the colon of a person infected with C. diff. The healthy stool transfers beneficial, balanced bacteria to an infected patient’s colon.
At UVA, we do this with a colonoscope, the same device used for a routine colonoscopy.
Is FMT For You?
You may be eligible for fecal transplant if you've had either of the following:
- Two documented episodes of mild to moderate C. diff that have not responded to 6-8 weeks of treatment with antibiotics
- One documented episode of severe C. diff infection that permits hospital admission