Complicated C. difficile Clinic Opens

The Department of Medicine announces the opening of a Complicated C. difficile Clinic. If a patient has had two documented episodes of C. difficile, providers can refer potential candidates to the Complicated C. difficile Clinic.

The multidisciplinary clinic is staffed by:

  • Gastroenterology: Dr. R. Ann Hays
  • GMGPC/Geriatrics: Dr. Laurie Archbald-Pannone
  • Infectious Disease: Dr. Cirle Warren

To refer a patient, please contact the Complicated C. difficile Clinic at (434) 243-6820 or (434) 982-1700.  The clinic is located in the Infectious Diseases Clinic on the 5th floor of the West Complex.

Patients with 3 or more recurrences of C. difficile will have the option to consider Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) for treatment instead of repeating more courses of antibiotic therapy.

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) is a procedure that involves taking stool from a healthy donor and putting it into the colon of a person infected with C. difficile. The healthy stool has a balance of beneficial bacteria that results in a durable cure for C. difficile in 90% of patients.

At UVA, FMT is performed with colonoscopy, placing the donor stool in the cecum. It is important to note that at this time, the FDA considers FMT to be an experimental treatment with the potential for unknown risks, particularly infectious, metabolic, or autoimmune complications.