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Foods To Avoid For Autoimmune Hepatitis
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No!: Absolutely hell no!Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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
Would ALT levels over the course of 3 weeks of 42, 57, then 28 be suggestive for autoimmune hepatitis?
Can people with autoimmune hepatitis live a normal life? Do they have a normal or low life expectancy?
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