Home > Journals > Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica > Past Issues > Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2017 June;63(2) > Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2017 June;63(2):85-91

CURRENT ISSUE
 

ARTICLE TOOLS

Publication history
Reprints
Cite this article as

MINERVA GASTROENTEROLOGICA E DIETOLOGICA

A Journal on Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Dietetics


Indexed/Abstracted in: CAB, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index


eTOC

 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE  


Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica 2017 June;63(2):85-91

DOI: 10.23736/S1121-421X.17.02330-3

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

The intestinal mycobiota: a year of observation about the incidence of yeast’s isolation in fecal samples

Lucia BARCELLA, Santa B., ROGOLINO, Angelo P. BARBARO

Unit of Microbiology, “Bianchi Melacrino Morelli” Hospital, Reggio Calabria, Italy


PDF  


BACKGROUND: Yeast’s presence, especially Candida’s species, in the intestinal tract is now considered as part of the normal microbial human flora; however, fungal colonization of the colon may induce to fungal infections, becoming a risk not only in immunocompromised patients but also in normalcompetent subjects. The purpose of this epidemiological study was to evaluate the real incidence of yeasts into the fecal samples both from healthy outpatients and from inpatients, except those from wards concerning immunosuppressive and pediatrics pathologies.
METHODS: Between September 2014 and October 2015, 685 stool’s samples (383 from inpatients and 302 from outpatients) were subjected to culture test on Sabouraud Dextrose Agar and yeasts collected were identified by a semi-automated system Vitek2 (bioMérieux).
RESULTS: Percentage of isolation was of 64% (N.=437) in the total fecal samples examined (59% in outpatients and 67% in inpatients) and the most frequently isolated was Candida albicans (63% N.=275) in both populations (60% in outpatients and 65% in inpatients).
CONCLUSIONS: These data testify the constant presence in the human gut of a fungal community that, according to us, could be defined as intestinal “mycobiota”. This study wishes to be a contribution to discover the relationship established between human and yeasts and to evaluate the colonizing or pathogenetic role performed by these microorganisms.


KEY WORDS: Gastrointestinal microbiome - Feces - Dysbiosis - Infection - Yeasts

top of page

Publication History

Issue published online: April 3, 2017
Article first published online: February 1, 2017
Manuscript accepted: January 19, 2017
Manuscript revised: January 16, 2017
Manuscript received: August 24, 2016

Cite this article as

Barcella L, Rogolino SB, Barbaro AP. The intestinal mycobiota: a year of observation about the incidence of yeast’s isolation in fecal samples. Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol 2017;63:85-91. DOI: 10.23736/S1121-421X.17.02330-3

Corresponding author e-mail

luciabarcella@gmail.com