Researchers Identify Fungus That May Worsen Crohn’s Disease Symptoms

Researchers Identify Fungus That May Worsen Crohn’s Disease Symptoms
The fungus Candida tropicalis may trigger gut inflammation and worsen Crohn’s disease, according to results of a study presented at this year’s Digestive Disease Week, held recently in Chicago. The hallmark of Crohn's disease is gut inflammation, or colitis. Colitis is thought to be triggered when the body’s immune system responds to an infection, but also ends up attacking cells that compose the intestinal tract. Now researchers think that one possible cause of gut inflammation may be an infection by Candida tropicalis. "The type of microorganisms that live in our intestine, our microbiome, has been shown to be a key element for triggering Crohn's disease,” Luca Di Martino, PhD, said in a
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