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Dr. Abdullah Mubarak
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Autoimmune Hepatitis (Overview)

A disease in which the body's own immune system attacks the liver and causes it to become inflamed.


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

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

Dr. Abdullah Mubarak
74 Doctors shared insights

Autoimmune Hepatitis (Overview)

A disease in which the body's own immune system attacks the liver and causes it to become inflamed.


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What are signs of autoimmune hepatitis?

What are signs of autoimmune hepatitis?

Jaundice & big liver: Skin rashes & spider angioma (see photo) may also be seen. Generally the diagnosis is made when patients present with fatigue, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Examination reveals jaundice. Blood tests reveal liver injury and an autoimmune basis for the injury. Try this website for a more detailed discussion: http://digestive. Niddk. Nih. Gov/ddiseases/pubs/autoimmunehep/ ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Autoimmune hepatitis (Tip)

Children generally are without symptoms when they have hepatitis A. ...See 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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How do doctors diagnose autoimmune hepatitis?

How do doctors diagnose autoimmune hepatitis?

Blood tests: There are blood tests to detect the antibodies attacking the liver. Further tests/procedures may be needed to confirm that the problem is not something else (such as primary biliary cirrhosis). ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Autoimmune hepatitis (Tip)

Most of the time, hepatitis a can be treated with simply supportive measures. ...See more

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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
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Autoimmune hepatitis (Tip)

Reishi mushrooms have been clinically shown to boost immunity with hepatitis b. ...See more

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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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I have autoimmune hepatitis and cirrhosis what would cause my bellybutton to stick out suddenly?

I have autoimmune hepatitis and cirrhosis what would cause my bellybutton to stick out suddenly?

Ascites: If you are starting to develop ascites, it will cause the belly button to stick out. Ascites is the fluid that builds up in the abdomen associated with cirrhosis and hepatitis. ...Read more

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What would be the best strategy to treat my autoimmune hepatitis?

Autoimmune strategy: Go to the best hepatologist that you can find. Not all gastroenterologists are equal in that regard. Often these are found at large hospitals or medical centers. ...Read more

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Autoimmune hepatitis (Tip)

The hepatitis a vaccine is readily available. ...See more

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I am being treated for autoimmune hepatitis.

??? No question: This is a comment. What's your question? ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for autoimmune hepatitis?

What is the best treatment for autoimmune hepatitis?

Prednisone, Azasan (azathioprine): Prednisone with azathioprine in appropriately selected patients, followed by maintainence azathioprine is the treatment for autoimmune hepatitis. ...Read more

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Autoimmune hepatitis (Tip)

What type of hepatitis do I have, and can it be cured? ...See more

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Has anyone ever heard of drug-induced autoimmune hepatitis?

Well known: Autoimmune hepatitis is inflammation in your liver that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your liver. Although the cause of autoimmune hepatitis isn't entirely clear, some diseases, toxins and drugs may trigger autoimmune hepatitis in susceptible people, especially women. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Autoimmune hepatitis (Tip)

What can I do to keep others from catching my hepatitis? ...See more

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I am pregnant & due to autoimmune hepatitis & a liver transplant the father is on prograf and cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil). Is the baby at high risk for genetic defect?

I am pregnant & due to autoimmune hepatitis & a liver transplant the father is on prograf and cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil). Is the baby at high risk for genetic defect?

No: Both Program and Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) can reduce or eliminate sperm production, making it harder to conceive (lower sperm numbers = lower chance of pregnancy). There is no information that the sperm contains genetic problems that could cause a birth defect in a baby borne from such sperm.

If a defect happens, it is just bad luck, not the drugs' fault. I wish you both great happiness and good health! ...Read more

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What are the common complications of autoimmune hepatitis?

Untreated? Cirrhosis: Autoimmune hepatitis is treatable, and often complications can be prevented. There can be a relatively sudden onset of jaundice and malaise, but it does not always have symptoms at first. Untreated autoimmune hepatitis can lead to chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. Complications of cirrhosis can include edema (swelling), jaundice (yellowing of skin), liver cancer, many others. ...Read more

Dr. Adam King Dr. King
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Autoimmune hepatitis (Tip)

If you were ever in the military and are in your 50s or 60s, get screened for hepatitis c. ...See more

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What is autoimmune hepatitis like?

Immune mediated: Autoimmune hepatitis is an immune mediated directed damage to the liver. Some hepatitis is due to viral infections or alcohol. Here this is the body attacking ones own liver hence the term autoimmune. There is more than one type of autoimmune hepatitis and your physician will guide you through this. ...Read more

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Can autoimmune hepatitis be passed on?

Can autoimmune hepatitis be passed on?

May be: There are some genetic factor causing autoimmune hepatitis. However, there is not a strong factor. Generally speaking if someone has autoimmune hepatitis children or future generation may or may not get autoimmune hepatitis or any other type of autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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What are signs of autoimmune hepatitis?

Jaundice & big liver: Skin rashes & spider angioma (see photo) may also be seen. Generally the diagnosis is made when patients present with fatigue, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Examination reveals jaundice. Blood tests reveal liver injury and an autoimmune basis for the injury. Try this website for a more detailed discussion: http://digestive. Niddk. Nih. Gov/ddiseases/pubs/autoimmunehep/ ...Read more

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What can be done for autoimmune hepatitis?

Medication: If you have autoimmune hepatitis, you should see a liver specialist. This disease can be treated with medication that suppress your immune system. If do not get treatment, the disease can progress and cause cirrhosis (extensive scarring of the liver) and eventual liver failure. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Wright Dr. Wright
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Autoimmune hepatitis (Tip)

What are the new treatments for hepatitis c and how successful are they? ...See 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


Dr. Jay Park
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