Among 622 slaughtered horses from eastern Europe, 156 thyroid glands were selected on the basis of macroscopic alterations (e.g., determination of volume and weight). In the 80% of these thyroids, microscopic alterations consistent with a diagnosis of Hashimoto thyroiditis-like disease were found. In particular, a subverted architecture of the thyroid gland with colloid rarefaction, lymphocytic infiltration, and fibrosis was noted. The confirmation of the histopathological diagnosis of an equine Hashimoto thyroiditis-like disease was provided by the increased serum concentration of thyroglobulin, of antithyroglobulin, and of antithyroid peroxidase autoantibodies. Despite evidence consistent with an Hashimoto thyroiditis-like disease in eastern European horses, the etiopathogenesis of this autoimmune disorder deserves further investigation. In this respect, in some horses histopathological alterations in the pituitary gland may suggest an as-yet-unidentified disorder within the hypothalamus-pituitary adrenal aids associated with Hashimoto thyroiditis.
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|Titolo:||First observation of an Hashimoto thyroiditis-like disease in horses from eastern Europe: Histopathological and immunological findings|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|