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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

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 autoimmune hepatitis, AST is 28 and ALT is elevated 66. My CRP is 0.1 and my ESR is 2. Does this mean inflammation is not the cause?

I have autoimmune hepatitis, AST is  28 and ALT is elevated 66. My CRP is 0.1 and my ESR is 2. Does this mean inflammation is not the cause?

Trending up or down?: Some questions to put your concern ; lab results in context: 1) how long have you had autoimmune hepatitis? 2) what treatment are you taking ; have your medications changed recently? 3) alcohol intake (should be minimal)? 3) supplements or steroid use? 4) are your transaminases trending up or down (a useful question if CRP ; ESR are low)? 4) risks for other kinds of hepatitis (viral, etc.)? ...Read more

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Rheum is not sure if I have sle, but ALT is 75 U/L.Can sle cause this? What blood tests can be done to diagnose autoimmune hepatitis? is this fatal?

Rheum is not sure if I have sle, but ALT is 75 U/L.Can sle cause this? What blood tests can be done to diagnose autoimmune hepatitis? is this fatal?

Anti smooth muscle: SLE and some of its treatments can cause increased ALT. There are many other causes of this lab including infection, liver disease, medications, toxin/drug exposure, fatty liver, etc. you should not get to worried if this is the only abnormal lab. The lab test for autoimmune hepatitis is anti smooth muscle antibody. This is a treatable disease but, yes, it can sometimes be fatal. ...Read more

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What can be done for autoimmune hepatitis?

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

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Autoimmune hepatitis not responding to medication?

Autoimmune hepatitis not responding to medication?

Change: You may need to change to a different immunosuppressive regimen. If your liver specialist is not very experienced in treating this condition, you could consider getting a second opinion. If nothing works and your liver is failing a transplant could be an option. ...Read more

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What are the common complications of autoimmune hepatitis ?

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

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What is the definition or description of: autoimmune hepatitis?

What is the definition or description of: autoimmune hepatitis?

INFLAMED LIVER: 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 rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. ...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

Dr. Franklyn Gergits
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Nosebleed (Definition)

A nosebleed is a symptom in which there is enough bleeding in the nose for a person to see it coming out of the nose or taste it going down the throat. Nosebleeds are often due to a broken small blood vessel, and stop when a clot forms at the break in the blood vessel. ...Read more


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Autoimmune Hepatitis (Definition)

A disease in which the body's own immune system attacks the liver and causes ...Read more