Proposing a relationship between Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis infection and Hashimoto's thyroiditis

Scand J Infect Dis. 2010 Oct;42(10):787-90. doi: 10.3109/00365541003762306.


Humans are widely exposed to Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP), a proven multi-host chronic enteric pathogen that has recently been linked to autoimmune diabetes. In the present study we used a MAP species-specific polymerase chain reaction with the insertion element IS900-specific probe to detect MAP infection in members of the same family suffering from Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • DNA Probes
  • DNA Transposable Elements / genetics*
  • Hashimoto Disease / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis / classification
  • Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis / genetics
  • Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis / isolation & purification*
  • Paratuberculosis / complications*
  • Paratuberculosis / diagnosis
  • Paratuberculosis / microbiology
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction / methods
  • Species Specificity


  • DNA Probes
  • DNA Transposable Elements