What Is Autoimmune Hepatitis?

Q:
What is 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.

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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