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Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH) - definition of autoimmune hepatitis


Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH)-definition of autoimmune hepatitis

Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH)
BRITISH
LIVER
T R U S T Pioneering Liver Health
Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH)
This publication is for people diagnosed with, or
experiencing symptoms of, Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH)
and for those who would like to better understand the
condition and associated risk factors.
The British Liver Trust works to:
? improve knowledge and understanding of the liver and
related health issues
? support people with, and affected by, liver disease
? encourage and fund research into new treatments
? campaign for better services.
All of our publications are reviewed by people living with
or affected by liver disease and clinical specialists.
Our website provides up to date information and our
Helpline gives advice and support on general and
medical enquiries. Call the Helpline on 0800 652 7330,
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For the latest updates to this information, please refer to
our website www.britishlivertrust.org.uk
A list of reference sources for this information is available
on our website or by contacting
info@britishlivertrust.org.uk
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Contents
The liver .................................................................4
How liver disease develops ...................................5
What is Autoimmune Hepatitis? ............................7
How common is Autoimmune Hepatitis? ..............8
Causes of Autoimmune Hepatitis ..........................8
Symptoms of Autoimmune Hepatitis ...................10
Testing for Autoimmune Hepatitis ........................11
Treatment ............................................................14
Looking after yourself ...........................................20
Complementary and alternative medicines...........22
Useful words ........................................................24
Further information...............................................31
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What is the prognosis for autoimmune hepatitis? What is the prognosis (outlook) for patients who have autoimmune hepatitis? If autoimmune hepatitis is diagnosed early, and treated with the proper medication, the liver may begin to heal and will be able to make healthy cells again to replace the inflamed and scarred cells.

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