I don't write on the forum very often anymore, but I have found something interesting in my research, that may only garner interest from like-minded people with gut issues, and suspicion of fungal type infection(s).
I have been using myself as the "main" lab rat for some time now, and conduct regular stool smear exams. I have also examined many, many others in the past.
A few months ago I had a episode of intense diarrhea, and collected a sample.
Under 600X phase contrast observation, I found multiple cyst-like organisms, which looked similar to B. Hominis (a protozoan type parasite) but too small for confirmation. I concluded it was a strange type of fungal entity, which caused an incidental acute reaction.
I kept it in culture for a few months, and made observations concluding it was indeed fungal.
There were typical budding sections, but no plaques, or hyphae.
I added a chemical staining to the growth media, so the organism's uptake would display better imaging.
My latest observation, shows end-stage "pathogenic" candidal cells and hyphae!
How this transformation took place is a mystery, and unlikely a cross contamination.
My only conclusion, is (candida) the organism may be far more complex, and pleomorphic than currently understood.
In other words, it could be a candidate for chronic infection, without typical detection. It could be infecting as a possible independent nano form, or as a morphologically unidentifiable gut form.
It would be curious to see if the organism could revert back to the original form, seen during initial observation.