Symptoms of Autoimmune HepatitisAutoimmune hepatitis symptoms can range from mild to severe. They may start out slowly or abruptly. They may also come and go (this is known as having spontaneous remissions and exacerbations).
Some of the most common symptoms at diagnosis include:
- Excessive tiredness
- A lack of appetite
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes).
(Click Autoimmune Hepatitis Symptoms for more information on the symptoms of this disease, including serious symptoms that can occur.)
Making a DiagnosisIn order to make a diagnosis, the healthcare provider will begin by asking a number of questions and performing a physical exam to look for signs and symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis. If he or she suspects autoimmune hepatitis, tests will be done. Among the tests that may be used to diagnose autoimmune hepatitis are:
- Blood tests that look at the levels of liver enzymes and antibodies
- A liver biopsy.
The pattern and levels of antibodies in the blood help define the type of autoimmune hepatitis a person has (see Autoimmune Hepatitis Types).
(Click Diagnosing Autoimmune Hepatitis for more information on how autoimmune hepatitis is diagnosed.)