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Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) for Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis in Children (FMT)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01947101
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 20, 2013
Last Update Posted : June 14, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Richard Kellermayer, Baylor College of Medicine

Brief Summary:

Patients diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC), a specific type of inflammatory bowel disease, will be invited to take part in this study. The investigators do not know what causes UC. However, the microbes (such as bacteria and viruses), which normally live in our intestines are thought to play an important role in the development of UC. There are many treatment options for UC such as steroids,and other medications that decrease inflammation. However, none of these can cure the disease.

This study aims to treat pediatric UC in an alternative fashion by changing the microbes in the gut by giving the participant's stool specimens from healthy adult individuals. There is some evidence from a few cases of adult UC that this therapy may cure the disease or at least provide long lasting suppression (remission) of the symptoms. The investigators would like to test this therapeutic intervention in children with UC.

The purpose of this study is to (1) examine the microbiome of stool and colon (2) and to determine whether healthy-donated stool enemas can treat pediatric ulcerative colitis. (3) The investigators will also study the effects of the treatment on colonic gene expression.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Ulcerative Colitis Biological: Fecal Microbiota Transplant Phase 1

Detailed Description:


Participants will be recruited from the patient population treated by the Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Section at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital.

I. Activities prior to starting FMT therapy:

  1. Participants will be asked to discontinue or taper their current home medications for ulcerative colitis.
  2. Participants will be asked to complete enema training.
  3. The participant and family will be counseled in case emergency surgical and/or intensive care interventions are required.
  4. Survey Completion to assess clinical symptoms.

II. Initiation of FMT Therapy:

  1. Pre-colonoscopy and FMT therapy preparation:

    One to two days prior to scheduled colonoscopy the study participant will be asked to provide a stool sample. They will also undergo a bowel clean-out with Miralax for colonoscopy preparation. Colonoscopy (endoscopic examination of the large bowel) will be used to deliver the first donor fecal transplant at the beginning of the therapeutic protocol.

  2. FMT treatment and Initial colonoscopy:

Fecal microbiota transplantation is made possible by utilizing a donor (healthy adult) providing their stool sample. The donor's stool will be screened and tested for known disease-causing agents including viruses, bacteria and parasites to prevent spread of disease to the participant.

On the first day of treatment, the participant will undergo a colonoscopy to deliver the filtered donor stool directly into their colon. Additionally, biopsies will be taken during this procedure for routine diagnostic as well as research purposes.

III. Subsequent FMT treatments:

Enemas will be given periodically to complete a total of 1-year therapy.

IV. Follow-up endoscopy and samples:

A similar but more limited procedure (sigmoidoscopy) will be repeated at 14 weeks into the study period. Biopsies will be taken during this procedure for routine diagnostic as well as research purposes.


Potential healthy adult stool donors (between 18 and 45 years of age) will be recruited by the research staff. They will be asked to volunteer for the screening and regularly supply stool samples according to the study protocol.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 6 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Phase I Study of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) in Immunomodulator Dependent Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
Study Start Date : February 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : May 2016

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Ulcerative Colitis
Fecal Microbiota Transplant
Biological: Fecal Microbiota Transplant
Fecal Microbiota Transplant will be endoscopically administered directly into the colon. Consecutive treatments will be given by rectal enema route.
Other Name: stool transplant

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Assess safety of FMT treatment by recording the frequency of adverse events. [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    To determine the safety and associated toxicities of serial FMTs in pediatric UC following withdrawal from standard therapy.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Assess efficacy of FMT treatment with the aid of the Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis Activity (PUCAI) Index, a validated measure of clinical disease severity. [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    To preliminarily assess the efficacy of FMT in inducing or maintaining clinical remission of UC.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 20 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Patient Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must have a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis based on clinical symptoms, as well as laboratory and colonoscopic findings, including histopathologic results of the intestinal mucosa.
  • Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis Activity Index (PUCAI) < 35 [mild activity] as assessed within 4 weeks prior to enrollment and clinical symptoms that are at least stable.
  • Patients must be "immunomodulator dependent," i.e., have a history of steroid dependency (lack of clinical remission for over 8 weeks without steroid therapy), and/or being immunomodulator (azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine, methotrexate, etc.) treated, and/or biologic agent (infliximab, adalimumab, etc.) treated
  • Patients ≥ 12 and < 21 years of age are eligible for this trial.
  • Patients must be willing to be off current UC therapies.
  • Willingness to undergo a surgical consultation prior to FMT treatment.
  • Patients who are not enema trained will be required to undergo enema training prior to the start of FMT treatment.
  • All patients and/or their parents or legally authorized representatives must sign a written informed consent document. Assent, when appropriate, will be obtained according to institutional guidelines.

Patient Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who are known to have the following will be excluded:

    1. Decompensated liver cirrhosis (bleeding varices, ascites, encephalopathy or icterus)
    2. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
    3. Bone marrow transplantation within the past 150 days
    4. Other severe immunodeficiency
  • Patients with severe prior allergic reaction to food will be excluded from the protocol.
  • Patients who are pregnant or lactating will be excluded from the protocol.

Donor Inclusion Criteria:

  • ≥ 18 years and < 45 years
  • Willing to provide stool and blood samples for laboratory testing.
  • Body mass index < 30
  • Willing to fill out a detailed health screening questionnaire

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01947101

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United States, Texas
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
Baylor College of Medicine
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Principal Investigator: Richard Kellermayer, MD Baylor College of Medicine - Texas Children's Hospital
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Responsible Party: Richard Kellermayer, Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine Identifier: NCT01947101    
Other Study ID Numbers: H-30591
FMT- Ulcerative Colitis ( Other Identifier: Internal )
First Posted: September 20, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 14, 2016
Last Verified: June 2016
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by Richard Kellermayer, Baylor College of Medicine:
Stool transplant
Ulcerative Colitis
Fecal transplant
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Colitis, Ulcerative
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases