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Mayo Clinic opens clinic to reduce C. difficile

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C. difficile. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention C. difficile. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mayo Clinic is opening a clinic to treat an infection that causes diarrhea in patients.

The infection is called Clostridium difficile or C. difficile. Experts say it has reached an epidemic state. Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist Dr. Sahil Khanna helps staff the clinic.

He said there are several treatments for C. difficile including a newer one called a fecal transplant.

The procedure restores healthy intestinal bacteria by placing a donor stool in the patient's colon.

"Every time C. difficile is treated, antibiotics also deplete the healthy bacteria. So the healthy bacteria do not get a chance to grow back and keep C. difficile in check. That's where the idea of replacing the healthy bacteria by fecal transplant comes into play," Dr. Khanna said.

Dr. Khanna said the infection can come from food, other people, and even the environment.

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