Autoimmune Hepatitis is the condition of liver where the liver inflames and it occurs when immune system invades the liver. However, the prime cause of Autoimmune Hepatitis is still not clear, but is observed that some drugs, toxins and diseases may trigger the Autoimmune Hepatitis in patients, especially women. If the condition is left untreated, it may cause liver cirrhosis and finally lead to liver failure. Autoimmune Hepatitis can be efficiently treated and controlled with medications that suppress the immune system. Liver transplant is the option which is prescribed when Autoimmune Hepatitis is not responding to the drugs and the liver condition is in advanced stage.
The symptoms of Autoimmune Hepatitis usually range from mild to severe and it may occur suddenly or may occur over time. Some of the patients usually have the issue in the early stage while some may take time to recognize the symptoms. Some of the symptoms of Autoimmune Hepatitis include:
When the immune system of your body targets and attacks the liver in place of bacteria, viruses and pathogens, you have Autoimmune Hepatitis. This attack on liver can cause further chronic inflammation and damaging of the liver cells. According to the studies, Autoimmune Hepatitis is caused due to the interaction between several risk factors like infections, genetic predisposition and medications.
The factors which increases the risk of developing Autoimmune Hepatitis include
The Autoimmune Hepatitis condition which is left untreated can cause permanent scarring in the liver and the complications of the liver cirrhosis include:
There are certain tests which are performed in order to diagnose Autoimmune Hepatitis and this includes: