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Mayo opens C. diff clinic

June 25, 2013

ROCHESTER, MN — Clostridium difficile (C. diff) has reached an epidemic state and is the most common infectious cause of diarrhea in hospitals causing healthcare providers to see increased severity and recurrence rates of the infection, according to a press release.

In response to this increase, the Mayo Clinic has opened a C. diff Clinic at their Rochester campus, the release stated.

“New treatment options are now available and we believe that a clinic dedicated to C. diff will help improve patient care and outcomes,” said Sahil Khanna, MBBS, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist.

According to the release, the C. diff Clinic will provide some of the following:

  • Multidisciplinary approach to evaluation and management of C. diff infection with a team consisting of physicians, nurses, study coordinators and research personnel with expertise in the gut microflora.
  • Evaluation and management of patients with initial episodes; recurrent and relapsing infection; severe and severe-complicated infection; and infection nonresponsive to conventional therapies
  • Expertise in all facets of treatment, including oral drug therapy; fecal microbiota transplantation for recurrent and non-responding infection; options of related and standardized stool donors; clinical trials for new therapies.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.