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Yeast Culture and Sensitivities

Test Indications:

  • Suspected health concerns of a digestive nature where yeast is the issue
  • Patient has a wide variety of symptoms of unknown etiology

Test Summary:

  • This test is performed to identify yeast in the bowel but does not directly assess abnormal digestion/absorption, inflammation or other specific aspects of gastrointestinal health.
  • The test is typically performed as a follow up after treatments initiated as a results of the Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology.

Stool testing can be done to determine the type of yeast cultures a patient has. 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 inside and outside the bowel, and may escape suspicion as a pathogenic agent in many cases. 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 (inflammatory skin conditions) in young adults. Other studies have identified the potential role of candidiasis in chronic fatigue syndrome.

Nolting S, Stanescu Siegmund A, Schwantes PA. Candida and the gastrointestinal tract. A medical-research evaluation. Fortschr   Med . 1998;116(6):22-8.

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.

Savolainen J, Lammmintausta K, Kalimo K, Viander M. Candida albicans and atopic dermatitis. Clin Exp Allergy . 1993;23(4):332-9.

Cater RE 2 nd . Chronic intestinal candidiasis as a possible etiological factor in the chronic fatigue syndrome. Med Hypotheses . 1995;44(6):507-15