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The C Diff Foundation Offers Patients, Family Members, and Clinicians Global Community Support

We are pleased to announce the

C. diff. Global Community Support Program —   an extension of  our

existing patient program – C. diff. Nationwide Community Support Program.

Our Foundation Members and Medical Advocates, leading the support groups, via: teleconferencing, will now have the ability to offer support to patients, families, clinicians, and individuals seeking support —  in  the U.S. and 57 countries.

Below you will find the list of countries, with their local cities,  able
to participate in our teleconferencing support groups:

Argentina – Buenos Aires and Cordoba
Australia – Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Austria – Countrywide, Vienna
Bahrain – Countrywide
Belgium – Brussels
Brazil – Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
Bulgaria – Sofia
Canada – Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto,
Vancouver, Winnipeg.
Chile – Santiago
China – Beijing
Columbia – Bogota
Costa Rica – National VolP
Croatia – Zagreb
Cyprus – Nicosia
Czech Republic – Prague
Denmark – Countrywide
Dominican Republic – Santo Domingo
El Salvador – San Salvador
Finland – Helsinki
France – Marseille, Paris
Germany – Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich
Greece – Athens
Hong Kong – Countrywide
Hungary – Budapest
India – Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai
Ireland – Dublin, National VolP
Israel – Jerusalem, Tel Aviv
Italy – Milan, Rome
Japan – Tokyo
Latvia- Riga
Lithuania – Vilnius
Luxembourg – Countrywide
Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur
Malta – Countrywide
Mexico – Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey
Netherlands – Amsterdam
New Zealand – Auckland
Norway – Oslo
Panama – Panama City
Peru – Lima
Poland – Warsaw
Portugal – Countrywide
Puerto Rico – Aguadilla
Romania – Bucharest
Russia – Moscow
Singapore – Singapore
Slovakia – Bratislava
Slovenia – Ljubljana
South Africa – Cape Town, Johannesburg
South Korea – Seoul
Spain – Barcelona, Madrid
Sweden – Malmo, Stockholm
Switzerland – Bern, Geneva, Zurich
Turkey – Istanbul
Ukraine – National VolP
United Kingdom – Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, National.
Venezuela – Caracas

Registration will remain the same – through the main number (919) 201-1512
or utilizing the nationwide U.S. Hot-Line 1-844-FOR-CDIF, or from the Foundation website
http://www.cdifffoundation.org C. diff. Global Community Support page.

Support is only a phone call away worldwide

C. difficile; Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) for C. diff Colitis

FMT for C diff colitis: How to introduce FMT

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT), commonly called fecal transplant, is the most effective intervention known for chronically relapsing, antibiotic resistant C diff colitis. There are many ways to introduce donor fecal microbiota to a C diff infected colon. Different methods of performing the transplants include enema, colonoscope, nasogastric tube, and encapsulation.
Two research groups have investigated the most common ways to introduce FMT, and how effective they are compared to each other. The first group was Ethan Gough et al. in the November 2011 article “Systematic Review of Intestinal Microbiota Transplantation (Fecal Bacteriotherapy) for Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection” published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Here’s what they found:

• Of 72 C diff colitis patients given FMT by gastroscope or nasojejunal tube, 72.8% were cured without relapsing.
• Of 62 C diff colitis patients given FMT by colonoscope, 83.3% were cured without relapsing.
• Of 156 C diff colitis patients given FMT by enema or rectal catheter, 92.3% were cured without relapsing.

Similarly, Zain Kassam et al., in their April 2013 article “Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Clostridium difficile Infection: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” found that lower GI FMT (enema, rectal catheter, colonoscope) led to a 91.2% resolution rate, while upper GI FMT (gastroscope, naso gastric or nasojejunal tube) led to an 80.6% resolution rate.
Lastly, Canadian infectious disease doctor Thomas Louie presented a poster called “Fecal Microbiome Transplantation (FMT) via oral fecal microbial capsules for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (rCDI)” at the Infectious Disease Week in October 2013. The poster described preparing a fecal slurry like the type used for enema, colonoscope, or gastroscope instillation, then using serial centrifugation to extract the bacterial portion and triple encapsulating that. At that time, he reported a 27/27 cure rate with no significant side effects. So far in my practice, I have found the encapsulation method to be safe and effective as well.

Dr. Mark Davis, ND, Chairperson Fecal Microbiota Transplant Committee

May 2014