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. 1976;85:761–762. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-6-761
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