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Autoimmune Hepatitis

Autoimmune Hepatitis: Introduction

Autoimmune Hepatitis: Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease in which the body's immune system attacks liver cells. This causes the liver to become inflamed (hepatitis) ... more about Autoimmune Hepatitis.

Autoimmune Hepatitis: Liver inflammation caused due to autoimmune processes where the body's immune system attacks the liver. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Autoimmune Hepatitis is available below.

Symptoms of Autoimmune Hepatitis

Treatments for Autoimmune Hepatitis

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatitis?

Autoimmune Hepatitis: Related Patient Stories

Autoimmune Hepatitis: Deaths

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Types of Autoimmune Hepatitis

  • Type I Autoimmune Hepatitis - most common in USA, usually associated with other autoimmune diseases
  • Type II Autoimmune Hepatitis - typically girls aged 2-14
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Diagnostic Tests for Autoimmune Hepatitis

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Autoimmune Hepatitis: Complications

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Causes of Autoimmune Hepatitis

  • Anomalous presentation of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II on the surface of hepatocytes, possibly due to genetic predisposition or acute liver infection; causes a cell-mediated immune response against the body's own liver
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Disease Topics Related To Autoimmune Hepatitis

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Autoimmune Hepatitis: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Autoimmune Hepatitis

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. The best known, ...read more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal...read more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill...read more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an ...read more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be...read more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption...read more »

Chronic liver disease often undiagnosed: One study reported that 50% of patients with a chronic liver disease remain undiagnosed by their primary...read more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, ...read more »

Autoimmune Hepatitis: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Autoimmune Hepatitis

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Autoimmune Hepatitis: Rare Types

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Autoimmune Hepatitis

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Autoimmune Hepatitis: Animations

Prognosis for Autoimmune Hepatitis

Prognosis for Autoimmune Hepatitis: In about 7 out of 10 people, the disease goes into remission, with a lessening of severity of symptoms, within 2 years of starting treatment. A portion of persons with a remission will see the disease return within 3 years, so treatment may be necessary on and off for years, if not for life. (Source: excerpt from Autoimmune Hepatitis: NIDDK)

Research about Autoimmune Hepatitis

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Clinical Trials for Autoimmune Hepatitis

The US based website ClinicalTrials.gov lists information on both federally and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.

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Statistics for Autoimmune Hepatitis

Autoimmune Hepatitis: Broader Related Topics

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Article Excerpts about Autoimmune Hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease in which the body's immune system attacks liver cells. This causes the liver to become inflamed (hepatitis). Researchers think a genetic factor may predispose some people to autoimmune diseases. About 70 percent of those with autoimmune hepatitis are women, most between the ages of 15 and 40.

The disease is usually quite serious and, if not treated, gets worse over time. It's usually chronic, meaning it can last for years, and can lead to cirrhosis (scarring and hardening) of the liver and eventually liver failure. (Source: excerpt from Autoimmune Hepatitis: NIDDK)

Definitions of Autoimmune Hepatitis:

A chronic self-perpetuating hepatocellular INFLAMMATION of unknown cause, usually with HYPERGAMMAGLOBULINEMIA and serum AUTOANTIBODIES. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Autoimmune Hepatitis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Autoimmune Hepatitis, or a subtype of Autoimmune Hepatitis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

 

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