People with Crohn’s disease know the uncomfortable symptoms of the chronic condition all too well. But what doctors have not been able to tell the approximately 565,000 people in the U.S. with Crohn’s. This is whythey’ve developed the inflammatory bowel condition.
Furthermore, most experts suspect the condition is the result of the body’s immune system attacking healthy cells, mistakenly triggered by bacteria in the digestive tract. Now, a new study has identified a specific fungus and two bacteria they think play a key role in what leads some people to develop the disease.
“Among hundreds of bacterial and fungal species inhabiting the intestines, it is telling that the three we identified were so highly correlated in Crohn’s patients,” the study’s senior author Mahmoud A. Ghannoum, professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve said in press release.
Research shows that E. coli bacteria contribute to Crohn’s symptoms. This is the first study to show the bacteria Serratia marcescens and the fungus Candida tropicalis also relate.
“Crohn’s disease has other factors that impact it…”