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Could liver function tests reveal autoimmune hepatitis?

Could liver function tests reveal autoimmune hepatitis?

Yes: Liver function tests are often elevated in autoimmune hepatitis. This is a non- specific test. If the liver function tests are elevated additional diagnostic tests will be necessary. The anti smooth muscle antibody is one of the most important in pointing to this diagnosis. Tests for other liver diseases such as hepatitis and primary biliary cirrhosis are usually part of the evaluation. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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Are there warning signs that i'm developing autoimmune hepatitis?

Several signs: Fatigue, yellow eyes, abdominal pain, and weight loss are a few warning signs. Get a blood test to set your mind at ease. ...Read more

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Treating Hepatitis A (Checklist)

Drink plenty of fluids
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Maintain strict personal hygiene
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Follow a bland diet
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If you start feeling worse, call a doctor immediately
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Are elevated ANA levels and Hepatitis C diagnosis enough to warrant liver biopsy to test for autoimmune hepatitis?

Are elevated ANA levels and Hepatitis C diagnosis enough to warrant liver biopsy to test for autoimmune hepatitis?

Seems unlikely: If you have a diagnosis of hepatitis C(HCV), it seems unlikely that you have both autoimmune hepatitis(AIH) and HCV(though not completely impossible). Realize that ANA levels are incredibly specific, a found (+) at low levels in >20% of healthy individuals. In fact up to 5% of HCV patients have (+) ANA levels without AIH. You may need the liver biopsy to better stage the effect of HCV on liver. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert Dr. Seibert
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Treating Hepatitis B (Checklist)

See your gastroenterologist
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Follow the recommended therapy completely
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Notify your doctor if you're pregnant
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Get periodic repeat blood tests
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Will a typical blood panel for autoimmune diseases detect graves disease?

Will a typical blood panel for autoimmune diseases detect graves disease?

Need specific test: You need to be testing for graves disease - there is no shotgun test for all autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

Dr. Camilla Graham Dr. Graham
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Treating Hepatitis C (Checklist)

Find a doctor who specializes in treating people with hepatitis C
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Stop drinking alcohol until you find out how your liver is doing
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Get an HCV viral load test to make sure you have an active infection
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Get vaccinated for hepatitis B if you have not already been exposed to it
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Why is igm elevated in primary biliary cirrhosis (cholangitis)?

Why is igm elevated in primary biliary cirrhosis (cholangitis)?

Immune dysregulation: The immune system is not functioning normally in primary biliary cirrhosis. That and the chronic inflammation contrive to raise IgM. ...Read more

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Can anyone with experience with autoimmune hepatitis tell me what to expect with prenancy?

Can anyone with experience with autoimmune hepatitis tell me what to expect with prenancy?

CONCLUSIONS: Successful completion of pregnancy is a realistic expectation for patients with well controlled aih. Treatment options vary, but azathioprine appears to be generally safe and without adverse outcomes for mother or baby. Vigilance is required, however, and patients need to be monitored carefully during pregnancy and for several months post partum. http://gut.bmj.com/content/48/1/97.abstract. ...Read more

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How is infectious mononucleosis serology diagnosed?

How is infectious mononucleosis serology diagnosed?

Mono serology: You can do a spot test for heterophile antibody or send the blood to lab for it.You can also send the blood for epstrin barr antigen which is not normally present in blood.You can also do immunoglobulin m(igm)test which shows acute infection.Igg will be positive for past infection with mononucleosis. ...Read more

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Why coes serum aminotransferase increase in liver disease like viral hepatitis ?

Why coes serum aminotransferase increase in liver disease like viral hepatitis ?

Inflammation: When there is inflammation in the liver as a result of an insult, liver tests can become elevated. ...Read more

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Should a typical blood test for autoimmune diseases detect thyroid graves disease?

Should a typical blood test for autoimmune diseases detect thyroid graves disease?

Not necessarily: A tsh-receptor antibody would be the more appropriate blood test to test for graves disease. ...Read more

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How is infectious mononucleosis serology interpreted?

How is infectious mononucleosis serology interpreted?

Surprise: When the serology test was first used it was thought to be diagnostic. Eventually it was found that most people were positive. It appears that the eb virus is an opportunist organism that is "waiting in the wings" for some body chemistry that provides its advantage. Then the serology titre (concentrration) goes up as the organism becomes active. ...Read more

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How are celiac disease and autoimmune hepatitis different?

How are celiac disease and autoimmune hepatitis different?

Totally different: While both are autoimmune diseases, celiac is basically a GI disease characterized by a sensitivity to wheat (gluten) and hepatitis is characterized by inflammation involving the liver. ...Read more

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Can I have hepatitis vaccine if my ALT is 80 U/L and doc is not sure about autoimmune hepatitis? Do I need to do further blood works?

Yes: Few causes of hepatitis: alcohol, fatty liver (obesity), viral & autoimmune. Check hepatitis B profile (HbsAg & HbsAb) if negative can have vaccine. Check anti-smooth muscle antibody & anti liver/kidney microsomal anti-body for diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis. (ANA alone is not enough & your level is low). I know Bangladesh, see a Hepatologist for evaluation. Follow up with me @ healthTap.com ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by many things, such as alcohol overuse, excess sugar consumption, viral infections, autoimmune disorders, certain medications, ...Read more


Dr. Abdullah Mubarak
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Autoimmune Hepatitis (Definition)

A disease in which the body's own immune system attacks the liver, causing ...Read more