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Is It True That Autoimmune Hepatitis Is Contagious
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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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