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Can you drink occassional alcohol if you have chronic autoimmune hepatitis?

Can you drink occassional alcohol if you have  chronic autoimmune hepatitis?

Sure. But a bad idea: I have to look at your question with a jaundiced eye. You are fighting for your life (or at least the life of your liver) but you are willing to compromise that for a momentary alcoholic high, is that right? Alcohol is toxic to everyone's liver but your liver, because it's sick, is far more vulnerable. You may survive but it will set your recovery back. Your decision but consider the consequences. ...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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I have chronic autoimmune hepatitis. I was wondering if I would be able to drink alcohol (1-2 wine glasses)?

I have chronic autoimmune hepatitis.  I was wondering if I would be able to drink alcohol (1-2 wine glasses)?

Alcohol and hepatiti: How often? Alcohol is a well know hepatotoxic substance. I see hepatitis c cases who drink alcohol inexcess all the time applying for early social security with liver decompensation. One drink tends to lead to another. Try some peppermint tea of silmyrin. ...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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Autoimmune hepatitis--i never heard of this?

Autoimmune hepatitis--i never heard of this?

Here is a good place: To start learning. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001291/.

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Is autoimmune hepatitis fatal?

Can be: If left untreated, autoimmune hepatitis can progress to liver failure. If in liver failure, it will be fatal unless you have a liver transplant. However, you can prevent progression of the disease with medications. ...Read more

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Heard of drug induced autoimmune hepatitis?

Yes: Many drugs can induce autoimmune type phenomena, to include hepatitis. ...Read more

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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

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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

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Dr. Abdullah Mubarak
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Autoimmune Hepatitis (Definition)

Normally our immune system is our body's army. It attacks harmful trespassers like viruses and bacteria that cause infections. Autoimmune hepatitis is one of the diseases when our army gets confused and attacks the liver causing inflammation. I call it a "friendly fire" disease. Other examples of these include ...Read more


Dr. Jay Park
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Hepatitis (Definition)

Hepatitis is an inflammatory condition of the liver. Almost all cases are caused by viruses--most commonly hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C--or by toxins such as alcohol. With hepatitis, the liver will swell and not work properly, failing to rid the ...Read more