What Are the Causes of Autoimmune Hepatitis?

Q:
What are the causes of autoimmune hepatitis?

A:
Autoimmune hepatitis(AIH) is a kind of liver inflammation. It occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your liver cells. It is a chronic condition and can result in cirrhosis of the liver. In the end, it can lead to liver failure. The causes of autoimmune hepatitis are not very certain. Your genes may have something to do with it, but genes aren’t the whole story. Here are some possible causes:

  • a family history of AIH
  • a history of bacterial or viral infections
  • being female
  • the use of certain medications, such as minocycline

 Types

  • Type I is more common. It tends to affect young women and comes along with other autoimmune diseases. This is the most common form of AIH in the United States.
  • Type II primarily affects girls between the ages of 2 and 14.

Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
  • An enlarged liver
  • Abnormal blood vessels on the skin (spider angiomas)
  • Skin rashes
  • Joint pains
  • In women, loss of menstruation

If you have any symptoms that worry you, please go to your doctor.

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