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How effective is azathioprine (Imuran) for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

How effective is azathioprine (Imuran) for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

It is...: Imuran (azathioprine) is one of several drugs to treat this condition and is generally w!ell tolerated and effective. ...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 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?

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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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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Can I still conceive if I have autoimmune hepatitis?

Yes: You can conceive if you have autoimmune hepatitis. But you need to have close follow-up with your hepatologist and gynecologist, since it is considered high risk pregnancy. Your medication/medications for autoimmune needs to be adjusted or replaced. Certain medication/medications for autoimmune hepatitis may have risk to the baby, although overall risk is low. ...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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Will autoimmune hepatitis go away after a transplant?

Will autoimmune hepatitis go away after a transplant?

Hopefully: But not always. You will be on powerful immunosuppressive meds that will help but it is important to follow up closely with your liver docs after the surgery. Good luck! ...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

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