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Stool Transplants to Treat Refractory Clostridium Difficile Colitis

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Verified September 2016 by Duke University
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First received: April 18, 2014
Last updated: September 19, 2016
Last verified: September 2016
It has been shown that restoration of the normal makeup of the bowel bacterial population is the most effective way to treat recurrent colitis due to Clostridium difficile. Restoration of the normal bowel bacterial population is best done by transplanting stool from a healthy donor. The investigators wish to transplant stool from healthy donors to treat recurrent C. difficile colitis by incorporating the stool into capsules that are administered by the oral route.

Condition Intervention Phase
Clostridium Difficile Colitis
Biological: fecal microbiota
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Refractory Clostridium Difficile Colitis

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Recurrent colitis due to Clostridium difficile [ Time Frame: six months ]
    Patients will be followed 1, 7, 28, and 180 days after the treatment and success will be defined as resolution of C. difficile infection without recurrence within a six-month time period. Patients will be assessed by interview and physical exam. Any patients with suspected persisting/recurring C. difficile colitis will undergo further evaluation with a repeat stool C. difficile toxin assay.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Tolerability of oral fecal microbiota transplantation [ Time Frame: six months ]
    We will monitor for side effects during the administration of the fecal microbiota capsules by close observation within the clinic for one hour. All subjects will return 24 hours after administration for repeat examination and for repeat assessment of tolerability using a questionnaire. Symptoms that will be specifically monitored include the patient's subjective measure of nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping/pain, belching, diarrhea, constipation, and changes in the quantity or quality of stool.

  • Safety of oral fecal microbiota transplantation [ Time Frame: six months ]
    The main safety concern is for the transmission of infection from the donor to the recipient. At each follow-up visit (1, 7, 28, and 180 days after treatment) subjects will be assessed for any signs or symptoms of infection by history and physical exam. Some of the specific infections that will be considered will be infectious colitis, infection due to Helicobacter pylori, viral hepatitis, and HIV infection. Patients with signs or symptoms of a suspected infection will undergo appropriate workup with blood and/or stool studies.

  • rate of repeat therapy for C. difficile colitis within 6 months of fecal microbiota transplantation. [ Time Frame: six months ]
    All subjects will return for evaluation with a comprehensive history and physical exam 180 days after fecal microbiota transplantation, and patients will be asked if they have required any form of therapy for C. difficile colitis in the interim.

  • Rate of hospitalization [ Time Frame: six months ]
  • Mortality [ Time Frame: six months ]
    Number of people who die

  • Rate of adverse events [ Time Frame: six months ]
    number of serious AE's occurring within 6 months of transplant

Estimated Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: April 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: fecal microbiota transplantation
fecal microbiota transplantation
Biological: fecal microbiota
fecal microbiota in capsule form

Detailed Description:
Recurrent colitis due to Clostridium difficile results from disruption of the normal gut flora, and is very difficult to treat. It is now clear that restoration of the normal gut flora is the most effective way to treat recurrent C. difficile colitis. Restoration of the normal gut flora is best done by transplanting stool from a healthy donor, and this is accepted as a superior therapeutic modality for recurrent C. difficile colitis. This fecal microbiota transplantation can be done with direct instillation of the donor stool into the GI tract via a naso-duodenal tube or colonoscope. Recently, a non-invasive method of stool transplantation has been developed where the donor stool is encapsulated and administered in pill form. The investigators would like to use fecal microbiota transplantation with encapsulated stool as a non-invasive therapy for patients with recurrent C. difficile colitis. To qualify, patients must have a history of, at least, 3 episodes of C difficile colitis within the past year or, at least, 2 episodes of C difficile colitis that resulted in hospitalization. Stool samples will be obtained from healthy volunteers who have been screened for infections that can be transmitted via stool, and the investigators will prepare capsules containing processed stool for administration during a single outpatient clinic visit. Patients will be followed closely after administration of the fecal transplant with serial clinic visits, and the primary endpoint will be prevention of any further episodes of C. difficile colitis in the six month period following transplantation. The investigators will also obtain and store stool samples from patients before and after fecal microbiota transplantation for possible future microbiome analyses. The obvious safety concern is the transmission of an infection from the donor. All donors will be carefully screened for high-risk exposures and will undergo testing of both blood and stool to ensure that they are free of infections due to HIV, acute hepatitis A, acute/chronic hepatitis B, hepatitis C, giardiasis, cryptosporidiosis, and Helicobacter pylori.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Study entry is open to adults (>18 years old) who have had three of more episodes of Clostridium difficile colitis within the previous 12 months.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Absolute neutrophil count < 500 cells/mm3
  • Active infection at other sites (excluding Clostridium difficile) requiring ongoing antibacterial therapy (antiviral or antifungal therapy is acceptable)
  • Current or planned cytotoxic chemotherapy within 14 days of the potential fecal transplantation date
  • Life expectancy <180 days
  • Diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (e.g. Crohn's or ulcerative colitis)
  • Inability to swallow capsules
  • Indwelling nasogastric, orogastric, gastrostomy, or jejunostomy tube
  • History of partial or total gastrectomy
  • Short gut syndrome requiring total parenteral nutrition
  • Pregnancy
  • Documented intestinal parasite infection without documentation of appropriate treatment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT02127398

Contact: Gary M Cox, MD 919-668-3271

United States, North Carolina
Duke University Medical Center Recruiting
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710
Contact: Gary M Cox, MD    919-668-3271   
Principal Investigator: Gary M Cox, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Duke University
Principal Investigator: Gary M Cox, MD Duke University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Duke University Identifier: NCT02127398     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Pro00053348
Study First Received: April 18, 2014
Last Updated: September 19, 2016

Keywords provided by Duke University:
C. difficile colitis
fecal microbiota transplantation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases processed this record on March 29, 2017