Autoimmune Hepatitis

Auto = Self

Hepa– = Refers to the liver

-itis = inflammation of

 

Etiology:

Autoimmune is caused by the body’s own immune cells attacking the liver. 

The more commonly known form of hepatitis is of pathological origin due to infection by the body with the a virus such as the Hepatitis C virus. 

  • This disorder is chronic
  • Causes cirrhosis (scarring and hardening) of the liver.
  • May lead to liver failure

Symptoms:

  • an enlarged liver
  • jaundice
  • itching
  • skin rashes
  • joint pain
  • abdominal discomfort
  • spider angiomas, or abnormal blood vessels, on the skin
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • dark urine
  • pale or gray-colored stools
  • Diagnosis:

    • Blood test to detect the presence of  liver enzymes in the blood
    • Blood test to detect the presence of autoantibodies

    Symptom Management/Treatment:

    • Corticosteroids
    • Immunosuppressants

    National Institue of Health. 2008. Autoimmune Hepatitis. Retrieved August 31, 2009 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/autoimmunehep/

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