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Mom has autoimmune hepatitis, diagnosed from food. Is it possible for her to eventually stop taking mycophenolate if her liver lab tests are normal?

Mom has autoimmune hepatitis, diagnosed from food. Is it possible for her to eventually stop taking mycophenolate if her liver lab tests are normal?

Not on her own: Kindly ask your mother not to stop any prescribed medication on her own, if her lab results are fine, her doctor may want to continue for some time or alter treatment, labs normalized because of treatment, may or may not relapse if therapy is discontinued, wish you both wellness ...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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What is autoimmune hepatitis like?

What is autoimmune hepatitis like?

Immune mediated: Autoimmune hepatitis is an immune mediated directed damage to the liver. Some hepatitis is due to viral infections or alcohol. Here this is the body attacking ones own liver hence the term autoimmune. There is more than one type of autoimmune hepatitis and your physician will guide you through this. ...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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What are signs of autoimmune hepatitis?

What are signs of autoimmune hepatitis?

Jaundice & big liver: Skin rashes & spider angioma (see photo) may also be seen. Generally the diagnosis is made when patients present with fatigue, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Examination reveals jaundice. Blood tests reveal liver injury and an autoimmune basis for the injury. Try this website for a more detailed discussion: http://digestive. Niddk. Nih. Gov/ddiseases/pubs/autoimmunehep/ ...Read more

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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--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/. ...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?

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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Who are the people that can easily get autoimmune hepatitis?

Who are the people that can easily get autoimmune hepatitis?

Genes: The predisposition towards developing autoimmune hepatitis appears to be genetic. The exact triggers for it to occur in those with a genetic predisposition are not fully known. ...Read more

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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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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

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How much ncrease in chance have I got if I have a close relative with autoimmune hepatitis?

Minimal: There may be some hereditary predisposition to autoimmune hepatitis since it has occurred in closely related individuals, but this is an uncommon condition. No way to predict your risk chances, but they are very small. ...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?

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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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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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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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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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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How effective is Budesonide for treating autoimmune hepatitis?

Not effective!: Oral budesonide is poorly absorbed and little will go to your liver. See a rheumatologist or a GI doc! There are better treatment options. This one is off the cuff, unless you have IBD and are having hepatitis do to Crohn's or regional enteritis! ...Read more

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