American College of Gastroenterology Case Reports
Dionne Rebello, MD, Elaina Wang, BS, Eugene Yen, MD, Peter A. Lio, MD, and Colleen R. Kelly, MD, FACG
Clostridium difficile infections can be life-threatening but are increasingly being treated successfully with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT). We report two patients with alopecia universalis who developed subsequent hair regrowth after FMT for treatment of recurrent C. difficile infections. Gut microbiota may have immunomodulatory effects in autoimmune conditions such as alopecia areata, and further study may elucidate disease mechanisms and lead to alternative treatment options for these patients for whom treatment options are currently limited.
September 13, 2017View study