BARRY M. SEGAL, M.D., F.A.C.P.; MICHAEL I. WEINTRAUB, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Hashimoto's thyroiditis has been associated with a various autoimmune disorders. The immunologic mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of these disorders have not always been thought to be the same. Recently a case of Hashimoto's thyroiditis and autoimmune thrombocytopenic purpura was reported (1), and it was suggested that a common mechanism may be involved in both diseases. Our observations in a patient with the above two conditions associated with myasthenia gravis, a disorder also suspected to be of autoimmune nature, gives further evidence that a common immunologic mechanism may be present.
At age 18 our patient was hospitalized for evaluation of
SEGAL BM, WEINTRAUB MI. Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Myasthenia Gravis, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. Ann Intern Med. ;85:761–762. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-6-761
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(6):761-762.
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