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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

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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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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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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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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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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6yr remission autoimmune hepatitis. Post rai hypothyroidism. Safe for me to go on low calorie diet? My BMI is 37.5!

6yr remission autoimmune hepatitis. Post rai hypothyroidism. Safe for me to go on low calorie diet? My BMI is 37.5!

Yes with guidance: You need to work with your physician to be sure the safest approach. Your bmi indicates that you are obese, and I understand your incentive. Your physician will be able to advise you about your restriction and could even send you to a hepatologist.: an expert in liver disease. Your thyroid therapy should be fairly straightforward. ...Read more

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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

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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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What lab tests can be done to rule out autoimmune hepatitis? I got ALT 75 U/L recently and I have back and joint pain. ANA was +ve once and then -ve.

What lab tests can be done to rule out autoimmune hepatitis? I got ALT 75 U/L recently and I have back and joint pain. ANA was +ve once and then -ve.

Biopsy: Well this was disappointing.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/19072441
there's a lot of antibody tests. If they are all low or zero level it makes it pretty unlikely. Even a better test if you find something likely to be the cause and fix it.... then that's the answer (hep c, drug associated, heart failure, etc.) Otherwise the only test that can mostly give fairly strong results is liver biopsy. ...Read 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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Can people with autoimmune hepatitis live a normal life? Do they have a normal or low life expectancy?

Autoimmune hepatitis: Some people with autoimmune hepatitis have an entirely normal life span. They just need to be checked on from time to time. ...Read more

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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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Is a ketosis diet harmful with my autoimmune hepatitis?

Is a ketosis diet harmful with my autoimmune hepatitis?

Ketosis diet.: It can be dangerous. Check with our team there. If is not wise to ask a stranger (even a Dr) these types of questions as you did not give enough information. Happy to do 2nd opinion. ...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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Has anyone ever heard of drug-induced autoimmune hepatitis?

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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What is natural cure, if any exists, for autoimmune hepatitis?

Natural treatment: None that have been verified scientifically. All chronic illnesses can be benefited by a healthy diet, adequate sleep, proper mental health, exercise and often a religious relationship. ...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

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What are the differences between an aids and autoimmune hepatitis?

What are the differences between an aids and autoimmune hepatitis?

AIDS/Hepatitis: Aids is the end stage of HIV infections. Autoimmune hepatitis is when the bodies own immune system attacks the liver causing inflammation and other ailments. ...Read more

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If got bitten by person with autoimmune hepatitis will I acquire it?

If got bitten by person with autoimmune hepatitis will I acquire it?

No: Autoimmune hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by your own body attacking it. There is no real understanding of why people get this but it has been proposed that it can result from certain infections. Medications or having another autoimmune disease. When caused by infection (mainly hep b virus)there is small possibility of passage via a bite however it is usually via blood/body fluids. ...Read more

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What are the differences between celiac disease and autoimmune hepatitis problems?

Location of effect: Celiac involves an immune reaction that triggers antibodies that injure your intestinal absorptive lining. Autoimmune hepatitis is a similar immune reaction but the antibodies attack liver cells. Both are errors in the immune system, but the antibodies and their target are different. ...Read more

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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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Would ALT levels over the course of 3 weeks of 42, 57, then 28 be suggestive for autoimmune hepatitis?

No: Autoimmune hepatitis is suggest when certain autoantibodies are positive and is confirmed by liver biopsy. Your alt levels are not impressive especially since the last one was normal. ...Read more

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Can people with autoimmune hepatitis live a normal life? Do they have a normal or low life expectancy?

Autoimmune hepatitis: Some people with autoimmune hepatitis have an entirely normal life span. They just need to be checked on from time to time. ...Read more

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I was asked what letter came after my autoimmune hepatitis. My hepatologist never said anything. What are the different types?

Autoimmune hepatitis: There are several types of Hepatitis - A, B, C, D, E, F, G. Autoimmune hepatitis has nothing to do with these. It is, as per it's name, an autoimmune disease whereby your body sees the liver as something foreign and produces antibodies against it. The diagnosis is usually made through exclusion of all other types of hepatitis infections. So, there is no letter. ...Read more

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In autoimmune hepatitis, do lfts ever go down?

Yes: With proper treatment, liver enzymes should normalize. This is the goal of treatment. Occasionally treatment resistant disease can occur and occasionally lfts can remain elevated due to other reasons such as fatty liver, alcohol or medications. ...Read more

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