Efficacy of fecal microbiota transplantation for recurrent c difficile infection in inflammatory bowel disease

Raseen Tariq, Molly B. Disbrow, John K.Di Baise, Robert Orenstein, Srishti Saha, Dipesh Solanky, Edward V. Loftus, Darrell S. Pardi, Sahil Khanna

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Background: Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) is associated with poor outcomes in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients. Data are scarce on efficacy of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) for recurrent CDI in IBD patients. Methods: We reviewed health records of IBD patients (18 years of age or older) with recurrent CDI who underwent FMT. Outcomes of FMT for CDI were assessed on the basis of symptoms and stool test results. Results: We included 145 patients (75 women [51.7%]; median age, 46 years). Median IBD duration was 8 (range, 0 47) years, 36.6% had Crohn disease, 61.4% had ulcerative colitis, and 2.1% had indeterminate colitis. Median number of prior CDI episodes was 3 (range, 3 20), and 61.4% had received vancomycin taper. Diarrhea resolved after FMT in 48 patients (33.1%) without further testing. Ninety-five patients (65.5%) underwent CDI testing owing to post-FMT recurrent diarrhea; 29 (20.0%) had positive results. After FMT, 2 patients received empiric treatment of recurrent CDI without symptom resolution, suggesting IBD was the cause of symptoms. The overall cure rate of CDI after FMT was 80.0%, without CDI recurrence at median follow-up of 9.3 (range, 0.1 51) months. Forty-Three patients (29.7%) had planned IBD therapy escalation after CDI resolution; none de-escalated or discontinued IBD therapy. Overall, 7.6% had worsening IBD symptoms after FMT that were treated as new IBD flares. No clinical predictors of FMT failure were identified. Conclusions: Few patients had new IBD flare after FMT. Fecal microbiota transplantation effectively treats recurrent CDI in IBD patients but has no apparent beneficial effect on the IBD course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1415-1420
Number of pages6
JournalInflammatory bowel diseases
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020


  • Clostridioides difficile infection
  • efficacy
  • fecal microbiota transplant
  • inflammatory bowel disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Gastroenterology


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