Why choose Mayo Clinic

By Mayo Clinic Staff


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  • Expertise. Mayo Clinic specializes in treating people with difficult cases of C. difficile who haven't responded to standard medical treatments or who have developed complications such as an inflamed colon.
  • Cutting-edge medicine. Mayo Clinic uses the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm C. difficile infection, the most accurate diagnostic test available. The high sensitivity of PCR, together with its rapid turnaround time, allows prompt treatment for people with C. difficile infection, likely reducing opportunity for spreading infection and improving outcomes.

    A new and emerging treatment for recurrent or stubborn C. difficile infections, the fecal microbiota transplant (FMT), has been performed at Mayo Clinic with a success rate higher than 90 percent. FMT therapy involves infusing healthy donor stools in people with C. difficile infections. Mayo Clinic performs extensive testing of donors and recipients before performing the procedure and offers the choice of related (family) or standard donors. Because donor testing typically isn't covered by insurance, Mayo Clinic has a standard donor pool to help reduce the cost to potential recipients.

  • Team approach. Doctors who specialize in digestive and infectious diseases work closely with laboratory medicine and scientists specializing in the gut microbiome and individualized medicine to diagnose and treat your condition.
  • Research. The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has opened a clinic especially dedicated to researching and treating C. difficile infection, including studies of the gut microflora and new therapies for C. difficile infection.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News & World Report.

July 16, 2013