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Autoimmune Hepatitis B
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
Can hepatitis b vaccine give you rheumatic autoimmune diseases such as polyartheritis nodosa because my sister started getting symptoms shortly after?
Can hepatitis b, tb, or other vaccination stimulate latent psoriasis or any other autoimmune disease that runs in the family?
See answer : Many mds hesitate to vaccinate patients (pts.) with inflammatory and autoimmune disease for fear of triggering flares of disease or because of possible contraindications with the meds pts. Take. In reality, it is quite uncommon. Hepatitis b and injectable seasonal flu vaccines are fine. The primary precaution/contraindication is giving live or attenuated vaccines (e.g. Tb) to immunosuppressed pts. ...Read more
Autoimune disease after hepatitis b vaccination might happen in very rare case, how to know if it is related when you're unfortunately that case ?
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
Hepatitis b is a viral liver disease. Until vaccines were developed this was a very common cause of hepatitis, and still is in some countries. Hep b is a progressive chronic disease which can lead to cirrhosis and also to cancer of the liver. It is also implicated in the causation ...Read more
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