Safety and Efficacy of Faecal Microbiota Transplantation in Treatment-naïve Patients With Newly Diagnosed Chronic Inflammatory Diseases

Study Purpose

The main purposes are to explore clinical efficacy aspects, safety, and patient acceptability associated with capsule faecal microbiota transplantation (cFMT) performed in newly diagnosed, untreated patients with chronic inflammatory rheumatic-, dermatological-, gastrointestinal- and pulmonary diseases. In this double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised, 52-week exploratory trial, 200 patients with 10 different diagnoses of CIDs (n = 20 in each diagnosis stratum) fulfilling the study criteria will be enrolled at time of diagnosis. The baseline visit will be performed as quickly as possible (days) after the patient's informed consent has been obtained to ensure no unnecessary treatment delay. Stratified by diagnosis, patients will be randomised (1:1) to either placebo or cFMT provided from an anonymous healthy donor. The experimental intervention cFMT/placebo will be repeated once weekly the following four weeks. In addition, all participants will be offered the Danish national guideline first-line immunosuppressive treatment following the baseline visit. At baseline, at 8 weeks (primary endpoint evaluation), and at 52 weeks a clinical examination will be conducted and clinical scores and patient-reported outcomes for each disease entity will be collected. All adverse events will be registered throughout the study.

Recruitment Criteria

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

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Study Type

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Eligible Ages 18 Years - 70 Years
Gender All
More Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • - Newly diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), reactive arthritis (ReA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), psoriasis (Ps), gouty arthritis (GA), hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), pulmonary sarcoidosis (PSar), Crohn's disease (CD), or ulcerative colitis (UC).
  • - Treatment-naïve which is defined as no current or previous disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs or systemic immunosuppressive drugs including glucocorticoids.
  • - Presence of treatment indication (no contra-indications) and patient accept to start first-line treatment in accordance with the Danish national guideline for the specific diagnosis following the baseline visit.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • - Coeliac disease, food allergy or severe food intolerance.
  • - Current cancer.
  • - Hepatitis B and C, HIV, HTLV1/2, and active TB or other serious chronic infections.
  • - Pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • - Not wishing to participate or not suited for FMT intervention or project evaluation.

Trial Details

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Phase 2
Lead Sponsor

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Torkell Ellingsen
Principal Investigator

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Torkell Ellingsen, MD PhD
Principal Investigator Affiliation Odense University Hospital
Agency Class

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Overall Status Not yet recruiting

The disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury that is being studied.

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Gouty Arthritis, Psoriasis, Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Pulmonary Sarcoidosis, Crohn Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
Arms & Interventions


Experimental: cFMT

Placebo Comparator: Placebo


Biological: - Faecal microbiota transplantation

The capsule FMT transplant consists of faeces obtained from a thoroughly screened, unpaid, anonymous stool donor. Each FMT product is made from 50g faeces diluted in sterile saline (0.9% NaCl) and glycerol, blended, centrifuged and filtered to remove particulate material before transfer to double-layered capsules. The FMT capsules will be stored at - 80 ⁰C until use. On the day of the FMT, the FMT capsules will be thawed to room temperature before treatment.

Other: - Placebo

Placebo capsules consist of NaCl (0.9%) and glycerol added brown food colouring.

Contact Information

This trial has no sites locations listed at this time. If you are interested in learning more, you can contact the trial's primary contact:

Torkell Ellingsen, MD PhD

[email protected]

0045 6611 3333

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