Identification of abnormal levels of
specific yeast species in the stool is
an important diagnostic step in therapeutic
planning for the patient with chronic gastrointestinal
and extra-gastrointestinal symptoms. Yeast
sensitivities to a variety of prescriptive
and natural agents are provided when yeast
is cultured at any level. This provides
the clinician with useful clinical information
to help plan an appropriate treatment protocol.
Infection with yeast species can cause
a variety of symptoms, both intra- and
extra- gastrointestinal, and may escape
suspicion as a pathogenic agent in many
cases. Controversy remains as
to the relationship between Candida infection
and episodes of recurrent diarrhea. 1 However,
episodes of yeast infection after short-term
and long-term antibiotic use have been
identified in patients with both gastrointestinal
and vaginal symptoms. 2
There is some evidence linking yeast infections
with more chronic extra-gastrointestinal
conditions. Studies suggest that
the production of antibodies against Candida
Albicans may contribute to atopic dermatitis
in young adults. 3 Other studies have identified
the potential role of candidiasis in chronic
fatigue syndrome. 4
1 Nolting S, Stanescu
Siegmund A, Schwantes PA. Candida and the
gastrointestinal tract. A medical-research
evaluation. Fortschr Med .
2 Goulden V, Glass D, Cunliffe WJ. Safety
of long-term high dose minocycline in the
treatment of acne. Br J Dermatol . 1996;134(4):693-5.
3 Savolainen J, Lammmintausta K, Kalimo
K, Viander M. Candida albicans and atopic
dermatitis. Clin Exp Allergy .
4 Cater RE 2 nd . Chronic intestinal candidiasis
as a possible etiological factor in the
chronic fatigue syndrome. Med Hypotheses .
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