The role of faecal Candida albicans in the pathogenesis of food-intolerant irritable bowel syndrome

Postgrad Med J. 1992 Jun;68(800):453-4. doi: 10.1136/pgmj.68.800.453.


Candida albicans was sought in stool samples from 38 patients with irritable bowel syndrome and 20 healthy controls. In only three patients with irritable bowel syndrome was C. albicans discovered and these patients had either recently received antibiotics or the stool sample had been delayed more than 24 hours in transit. C. albicans was isolated from none of the control stool samples. We conclude that C. albicans is not involved in the aetiology of the irritable bowel syndrome.

MeSH terms

  • Candida albicans / isolation & purification*
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / microbiology*
  • Feces / microbiology*
  • Food Hypersensitivity / complications
  • Food Hypersensitivity / microbiology*
  • Humans