Auto = Self
Hepa– = Refers to the liver
-itis = inflammation of
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
- Blood test to detect the presence of liver enzymes in the blood
- Blood test to detect the presence of autoantibodies
National Institue of Health. 2008. Autoimmune Hepatitis. Retrieved August 31, 2009 from http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/autoimmunehep/