Auto Immune Hepatitis

Were you looking for information about Autoimmune Hepatitis? Auto immune hepatitis is a common misspelling of autoimmune hepatitis.
Autoimmune hepatitis is a form of liver inflammation that occurs when the body's immune system attacks its own liver cells. A few common symptoms of this condition include excessive tiredness, a lack of appetite, and jaundice (or yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes). The disease can affect people of any age. However, about 70 percent of those with the condition are women; most are between the ages of 15 and 40.
When making a diagnosis, the healthcare provider will consider other conditions that can have the same symptoms as autoimmune hepatitis, including Wilson's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and congestive heart failure. A liver biopsy and blood tests may also be performed.
As with other autoimmune diseases, the exact cause of this condition is still unknown. Some researchers believe that certain substances (such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, or drugs) trigger a response in people who are genetically susceptible to developing an autoimmune disorder.
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