Autoimmune Hepatitis

Autoimmune hepatitis is the inflammation of liver cells that occurs when the body's immune cells attack the liver cells. The etiology is unknown. If treated early, it can be cured with immunosuppressant drugs; otherwise, it may require a liver transplant.

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What is the cause of persistent increase in liver enzymes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 23 years old. It has been more than a year my liver function test result remains high. I have been tested for hepatitis A, B, C, E, and autoimmune hepatitis, but the result all came out negative. My doctor told to take blood test regularly. But, it has been almost a year now, the res...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can imagine that you must be very concerned about your persistent elevation of the liver enzymes. As you already have viral etiologies excluded this is time to look for other things which could lead to persistent elevation of the liver enzymes. Notably the Wilson, ...  Read Full »

Can steroids for autoimmune hepatitis alter menstrual cycle?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 34 years old. I am concerned about my absence of menses. My last menses was on the 16th of previous month which was about a week earlier than the before periods. I was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis and under medication of steroid 10 mg (prescription attached). Now I am com...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and also saw the prescription you uploaded of your recent visit to your hepatologist/gastroenterologist. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As I can see from the prescription he had asked you to continue the medicatio...  Read Full »

Is the damage caused to the liver in autoimmune hepatitis reversible?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 years old. Two years back, I found that I have autoimmune hepatitis. At that time they did Fibroscan, in that kPa is 14.5 (F4). Last one year I took medicines (steroids) and I stopped. Now it again came back and doctors did a biopsy, in that it is showing: Portal and lobular he...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In autoimmune hepatitis, it is possible to decrease the fibrosis. Or other possibility may be that, initial fibroscan was done in acute inflammatory state hence it may be falsely high. We need to compare it with the liver enzymes at that point of time. Autoimmune diseas...  Read Full »

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