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  Hepatitis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hepatitis is characterised by fatigue, malaise, joint aches, abdominal pain, vomiting 2-3 times per day for the first 5 days, loss of appetite, dark urine, fever, hepatomegaly (enlarged liver) and jaundice (icterus).
Hepatitis E produces symptoms similar to hepatitis A, although it can take a fulminant course in some patients, particularly pregnant women; it is more prevalent in the Indian subcontinent.
Alcoholic hepatitis is characterized by a variable constellation of symptoms, which may include feeling unwell, enlargement of the liver, development of fluid in the abdomen ascites, and modest elevation of liver blood tests.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Autoimmune_hepatitis   (1849 words)

  
 AUTOIMMUNE HEPATITIS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Autoimmune hepatitis or autoimmune chronic hepatitis is a progressive inflammation of the liver that has been identified by a number of different names, including autoimmune chronic active hepatitis (CAH), idiopathic chronic active hepatitis, and lupoid hepatitis.
Autoimmune hepatitis was first described in 1950 as a disease of young women, associated with increased gamma globulin in the blood and chronic hepatitis on liver biopsy.
The most common symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis are fatigue, abdominal discomfort, aching joints, itching, jaundice, enlarged liver, and spider angiomas (tumors) on the skin.
www.gastro.com /html/liverdisease/autoimmune_hepatitis.shtml   (608 words)

  
 Autoimmune Hepatitis
Autoimmune hepatitis has been considered a disease occurring predominantly in young women, but up to one third of the patients are men, and the disease can develop in all age groups.
Autoimmune hepatitis is now accepted as a chronic disease of unknown cause, characterized by continuing hepatocellular inflammation and necrosis, which tends to progress to cirrhosis.
Autoimmune cholangitis is characterized by mixed hepatic and cholestatic liver chemistries, positive ANA and/or ASMA, negative AMA, antibodies to carbonic anhydrase, and histology that resembles PBC.
www.janis7hepc.com /autoimmune_hepatitis.htm   (9780 words)

  
 Liver Information: Autoimmune Hepatitis
A variant subtype of autoimmune hepatitis (Type 2) occurs in young females with serum antibody to a microsomal antigen in liver and proximal renal tubules (Anti-LKM antibody).
Histology of autoimmune hepatitis has elements of chronic liver diseases: portal fibrosis progressing to macro nodular cirrhosis, and active liver disease: portal and parenchymal lymphocyte and plasma cell infiltrates with piecemeal necrosis.
Autoimmune cholangiopathy is a recently introduced appellation for a small group of patients, usually female, with features that overlap autoimmune hepatitis and primary biliary cirrhosis.
www.surgery.usc.edu /divisions/hep/livernewsletter-autoimmunehepatitis.html   (628 words)

  
 Autoimmune Hepatitis, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Autoimmune hepatitis is a condition in which a person's own immune system attacks the liver, causing inflammation and liver cell death.
Autoimmune hepatitis is not caused by a virus or bacteria, so it is not a contagious disease.
When autoimmune hepatitis progresses to severe cirrhosis, there may be jaundice (yellow coloring to the skin and eyes), swelling of the belly caused by fluid, bleeding in the intestines, or mental confusion.
www.cincinnatichildrens.org /svc/alpha/l/liver/diseases/autoimmune-hepatitis.htm   (880 words)

  
 Postgraduate Medicine: Autoimmune hepatitis
Its sensitivity for probable or definite autoimmune hepatitis ranges from 97% to 100%, and its specificity for excluding autoimmune hepatitis in patients with chronic hepatitis C is 66% to 92% (4).
Type 3 autoimmune hepatitis is characterized by antibodies to soluble liver antigen (discussed later) or liver-pancreas antigen and has a bimodal age distribution similar to that of type 1 disease.
Autoimmune hepatitis is a chronic inflammatory liver disease that responds well to prednisone alone or in combination with azathioprine.
www.postgradmed.com /issues/2003/07_03/3luxon.htm   (2960 words)

  
 Autoimmune hepatitis
Autoimmune hepatitis involves inflammation of the liver caused by rogue immune cells that mistake the liver's normal cells for a foreign tissue or pathogen (disease-causing agent).
A person with autoimmune hepatitis has autoantibodies circulating in the bloodstream that cause the immune system to attack the liver.
Autoimmune hepatitis sometimes occurs in relatives of people with autoimmune diseases, suggesting a genetic cause.
www.healthscout.com /ency/1/000245.html   (188 words)

  
 Autoimmune Hepatitis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Autoimmune hepatitis triggers the body to attack its liver cells, as if the liver cells were harmful foreign bodies.
Autoimmune hepatitis is associated with other autoimmune illnesses, including thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid), diabetes mellitus, and ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the intestines).
Subsets of autoimmune hepatitis patients are infected with HCV and evidence suggests that HCV is a causative agent of antithyroid antibodies and autoimmune thyroid disease.
www.hcvets.com /data/hcv_liver/autoimmune.htm   (2098 words)

  
 Autoimmune Hepatitis
Autoimmune hepatitis is classified as either type I or II.
Type II autoimmune hepatitis is less common, typically affecting girls ages 2 to 14, although adults can have it too.
Because severe viral hepatitis or hepatitis caused by a drug--for example, certain antibiotics--has the same symptoms, tests may be needed for an exact diagnosis.
www.patientlinx.com /hepatitis/autoimmune.cfm?page_id=282   (452 words)

  
 Autoimmune Hepatitis
Although the disease is chronic, many patients with autoimmune hepatitis present acutely ill with jaundice, fever and sometimes symptoms of severe hepatic dysfunction, a picture that resembles acute hepatitis.
Autoimmune hepatitis usually occurs in women (70 %) between the ages of 15 and 40.
Although the term "lupoid" hepatitis was originally used to describe this disease, patients with systemic lupus erythematosus do not have an increased incidence of autoimmune hepatitis and the two diseases are distint entities.
www.cumc.columbia.edu /dept/gi/autoimmune.html   (548 words)

  
 Autoimmune Hepatitis
Autoimmune hepatitis is an unresolving inflammation of the liver of unknown cause.
Patients who are seronegative for antinuclear antibodies, smooth-muscle antibodies, and antibodies to liver/kidney microsome type 1 are also considered to have probable autoimmune hepatitis if they have other liver-associated autoantibodies of a less conventional nature, such as antibodies to asialoglycoprotein receptor, soluble liver antigen, liver-pancreas, or liver cytosol type 1.
Chronic hepatitis due to B, C, or D viruses must be differentiated from other forms of chronic hepatitis, such as: (1) corticosteroid-responsive chronic active hepatitis, (2) drug-induced hepatitis, (3) chronic alcoholic liver disease, (4) hemochromatosis, (5) Wilson's disease, (6) fatty infiltration, (7) neoplasms, and (8) a1-antitrypsin deficiency.
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 Autoimmune Hepatitis
Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, which in turn causes damage to individual liver cells.
When autoimmune hepatitis progresses to severe cirrhosis, there may be jaundice (yellow coloring to the skin and eyes), marked swelling of the abdomen from fluid inside the abdomen, intestinal bleeding, or mental confusion.
The treatment of autoimmune hepatitis is aimed at curbing the autoimmune response, and therefore the damage to liver cells.
www.gicare.com /pated/ecdlv33.htm   (1123 words)

  
 Autoimmune Hepatitis
Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease in which the body's immune system attacks liver cells.
About 70 percent of those with autoimmune hepatitis are women, most between the ages of 15 and 40.
Autoimmune hepatitis is a long-term disease in which your body's immune system attacks liver cells.
www.healthieryou.com /autoim.html   (1154 words)

  
 Autoimmune Hepatitis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Autoimmune hepatitis is chronic, meaning it lasts a long time.
Type I autoimmune hepatitis resembles lupus (a skin disease causing a rash mainly on the hands and face), in that the blood tests such as ANA and increased globulin levels are present.
Type II autoimmune hepatitis is usually seen in children and is common in Mediterranean populations that have anti-LKM antibodies.
www.adventisthealthcare.com /AHC/Atoz/dc/caz/infc/hepa/hepauto.asp   (879 words)

  
 Healthopedia.com - Autoimmune Hepatitis
Autoimmune hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by an autoimmune disorder.
An autoimmune disorder is one in which a person's immune system attacks his or her own body for unknown reasons.
Autoimmune hepatitis most often occurs in women between the ages of 15 and 40.
www.healthopedia.com /autoimmune-hepatitis   (350 words)

  
 eMedicine - Autoimmune Hepatitis : Article by David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG
Causes: Autoimmune hepatitis is a chronic disease of unknown etiology.
Imaging studies, in general, are not helpful in reaching a definitive diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis; however, the presence of heterogeneous echotexture on abdominal ultrasound or abnormal contrast enhancement on abdominal CT imaging may suggest the presence of active inflammation or necrosis.
Boberg KM: Prevalence and epidemiology of autoimmune hepatitis.
www.emedicine.com /MED/topic366.htm   (6381 words)

  
 Hepatitis, Autoimmune Information on Healthline   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Autoimmunity is often believed to originate with a virus infection.
Autoimmune hepatitis is similiar to viral hepatitis, a disease of the liver.
Autoimmune hepatitis is among the few types of hepatitis that can be treated effectively.
www.healthline.com /galecontent/hepatitis-autoimmune   (723 words)

  
 UpToDate Patient information: Autoimmune hepatitis
In autoimmune hepatitis, the body's immune system attacks the cells of the liver, which causes the liver to become inflamed.
Autoimmune hepatitis is diagnosed with a combination of laboratory tests and a liver biopsy (in which a small sample of liver tissue is removed and examined under a microscope).
Not all patients with autoimmune hepatitis are alike, and it is important that your situation is evaluated by someone who knows you as a whole person.
patients.uptodate.com /topic.asp?file=livr_dis/6137   (1503 words)

  
 Hepatitis - UMMC
Autoimmune chronic hepatitis typically occurs in women between the ages of 20 and 40 who have other autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, glomerulonephritis, and hemolytic anemia.
Autoimmune hepatitis is usually benign and causes little trouble, although there is a very small risk that it can evolve into the active form.
Autoimmune hepatitis recurred in 25% of patients studied.
www.umm.edu /patiented/articles/what_specific_issues_with_autoimmune_hepatitis_how_it_treated_000059_9.htm   (1174 words)

  
 Autoimmune hepatitis symptoms | Information on Autoimmune hepatitis symptoms
Hepatitis C is a condition that causes an inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus.
Hepatitis C is a type of hepatitis that has symptoms that closely resemble the flu.
Although the disease is chronic, many patients with autoimmune hepatitis present acutely ill with jaundice, fever and sometimes symptoms of severe hepatic dysfunction, a picture that resembles acute...
www.searchhepatitis.com /Autoimmunehepatitissymptoms   (1513 words)

  
 Autoimmune Hepatitis?
Most liver specialists have a fair number of patients with autoimmune hepatitis in that this is a relatively common problem that liver specialists see.
If you have autoimmune hepatitis and you were jaundiced with liver enzymes over a thousand, you probably were closer to complete liver failure and death than you might realize.
We don’t really think of autoimmune hepatitis as being “genetic” in the classic sense and we rarely see it in off spring and we don’t screen family members.
www.medhelp.org /forums/hepatitis/archive/123.html   (961 words)

  
 Autoimmune Hepatitis
Autoimmune hepatitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the liver.
When Wilson's disease, hemochromatosis, alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, Hepatitis B and C and drug induced hepatitis have been ruled out, a possible autoimmune disorder is present.
Autoimmune disorders are divided according to the type of antibody that is present.
www.gastromd.com /education/autoimmunehepatitis.html   (376 words)

  
 AutoImmuneForum :: View topic - Hashimoto's & Autoimmune Hepatitis
I was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatisis in 1997 and know a lot more aobut it than I wish I did, but what you should do is get some good information on the subject from the experts.
By Howard J. Worman, M.D. Autoimmune hepatitis is a condition in which the patient's own immune systems attacks the liver causing inflammation and liver cell death.
Autoimmune hepatitis should be suspected in any young patient with hepatitis, especially those without risk factors for alcoholic, drug, metabolic or viral etiologies.
www.autoimmuneforum.org /phpBB/viewtopic.php?p=22&sid=e95fcb682d9dbd65031d906cb175fc13   (934 words)

  
 Autoimmune Hepatitis
However, if some one has autoimmune hepatitis that is well controlled with relatively low doses of medication and serial liver biopsy actually show improvement, this certainly suggests a good long-term prognosis.
There are individual reported cases where the development of autoimmune hepatitis was preceded by a viral infection but there is no convincing evidence that this explains a significant number of cases of autoimmune hepatitis.
Finally, I note that we certainly are not sure that autoimmune hepatitis is hereditary (passed between parent and children by genetic material) and, while I can’t make guarantees, I certainly feel the likelihood that any of your children will have autoimmune hepatitis is low.
www.medhelp.org /perl6/hepatitis/messages/30190a.html   (896 words)

  
 Autoimmune Hepatitis
This autoimmune disease causes a chronic liver injury and therefore can lead to liver cirrhosis if not treated.
Since liver damage is caused by an autoimmune reaction, therapy is based on immunosuppression.
Recurrence of autoimmune hepatitis after transplant is possible.
www.doveshepatitisfoundation1.netfirms.com /aih.html   (668 words)

  
 - Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago
Azathioprine or mercaptopurine are drugs used to treat other autoimmune disorders, and they have shown to benefit patients with autoimmune hepatitis as well.
Autoimmune hepatitis can progress to cirrhosis and require liver transplant, however.
Call your health care provider if you notice symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis.
www.nmh.org /nmh/adam/adamencyclopedia/HIEArticles/000245.htm   (288 words)

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