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PHO Grand Rounds: Fecal Transplant for Recurrent C. difficile Infection: Ontario Experience
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: By webinar only
Chronic Diseases and Injuries; Infectious Diseases; Health Promotion; Learning and development
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Grand Rounds
Format: Webinar

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Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) in health care settings and in the community poses major clinical and economic issues. It can lead to recurrent infections, chronic diarrhea, and has been the source of outbreaks in both acute and long-term care facilities. 
Current treatment options for recurrent CDI, usually consisting of antibiotics, are limited as 60% of patients will experience multiple episodes. An alternative to antibiotic therapy for CDI are fecal microbiota transplants (FMT), which involves infusion of healthy microbiota directly into the colon of infected patients.
FMTs combat C. difficile by reconstituting the altered colonic microbiota. The cumulative success rate of FMT for recurrent CDI is 85%. This presentation will highlight the experience of using FMT to control CDI outbreaks in an acute and a long-term care facilities in Ontario. 

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.​​

Presenter: Dr. Christine Lee

Dr. Lee obtained a medical degree from the University of Toronto before completing specialty training infectious diseases and microbiology residency, also at U of T.  Dr. Lee is currently a professor at McMaster University as well as a Clinical Professor at University of British Columbia.  She has been researching the use of fecal transplant for C. difficile infection since 2008.

Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. 

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