Mycobacterium Avium: An Overlooked Piece of the Crohn’s Puzzle

By Jill Carnahan, MD

Mycobacterium Avium spp Paratuberculosis. Scanning Electron Micrograph 3000X. Courtesy of Dennis Kunkel's Science Photo Library.For decades, conventional medical thinking about Crohn's disease has posited that there's no known cause for the condition. It simply happens to certain people.

If we are a little more thoughtful, some of us will tell our patients that the disease is "multifactorial," with many contributing factors: age, ethnicity, family history, immunodeficiency, overuse of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, etc.

Neither explanation is satisfying for patients. Dealing with the symptoms of Crohn's is hard enough. Not understanding why you are suffering just rubs salt in the wound. Too often, we tell patients they must just accept that they have a condition without a cause, a cure, or even a consistent symptom-management strategy.

But recent research is challenging these long-held beliefs. There is growing evidence that Crohn's disease might have an infectious cause (McNees, A. et al. Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2015; 9(12): 1523–1534). One particular microbe is garnering attention: Mycobacterium avium subspecies Paratuberculosis, better known as MAP.

That's good news, because a MAP infection may be treatable.

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