In children suffering from food allergy the microecology of the gut and the immune status were examined. As a rule, sensitization due to the penetration of the epithelial barrier of the intestinum by macromolecules of the food is not accompanied by deficiency of secretory IgA. In all cases dysbacteriosis of different degree was observed with a characteristic picture of deficiency of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli combined with rising numbers of Enterobacteriaceae. Correlations to an altered immune response are obvious.
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