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Viruses cause most types of hepatitis. Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is one exception. This type of liver disease occurs when your immune system attacks your liver cells. AIH is a chronic condition and can result in cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver[read article]

Tests for Autoimmune Hepatitis

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Liver function tests help determine the health of your liver by measuring levels of proteins, enzymes, or bilirubin in your blood. Many tests can be performed on th...  More
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A biopsy of the liver is a medical procedure in which a small amount of liver tissue is surgically removed so it can be tested in a laboratory. Liver biopsies are u...  More
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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The hepatitis virus panel is an array of tests used to detect viral hepatitis infections. By using antibody and antigen tests, the viral panel can detect multiple k...  More
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The mitochondria are the energy factory cells. They are critical to the normal functioning of all cells. Antimitochondrial antibodies (AMAs) are the autoimmune resp...  More
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Liver Cytosol 1 Antibody Assay Test
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Liver/Kidney Microsomal Antibody Test
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Perinuclear Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody (P-ANAC) Blood Test
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A prothrombin time (PT) test, measures the amount of time it takes for your blood plasma to clot. Prothrombin, also known as factor ll, is just one of many plasma p...  More
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An erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) test does not diagnose one specific condition. Instead, it helps your doctor determine whether you are experiencing inflamma...  More
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Proteins circulate throughout your blood to help your body maintain fluid balance. Albumin is produced in the liver, and is one of the most abundant proteins in you...  More
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An alanine aminotransferase (ALT) test measures the level of ALT enzyme in your blood. ALT is an enzyme produced by liver cells. It helps the body metabolize protei...  More
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An alkaline phosphatase level test (ALP test) measures the amount of alkaline phosphatase enzyme in your bloodstream. The test requires a simple blood draw and is o...  More
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Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that is in everyone's blood and stool. If you notice a yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, this is called jaundice...  More
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In some cases, your doctor may decide that he or she needs a sample of your tissue or your cells to help diagnose an illness or identify a cancer. This removal of t...  More
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Antibodies are proteins made by your immune system. They help your body recognize and fight infections. Normally antibodies target foreign materials, like bacteria ...  More
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Medical Procedures for Autoimmune Hepatitis

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Parenteral nutrition, also known as intravenous feeding, is a method of getting nutrition into the body through the veins.  More
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Surgical Procedures for Autoimmune Hepatitis

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A liver transplant is a medical procedure in which your diseased or failing liver is replaced with a donor liver. According to the Organ Procurement and Transplanta...  More
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Prescribed Medications for Autoimmune Hepatitis

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PREDNISONE (PRED ni sone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions treated inc...  More
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AZATHIOPRINE (ay za THYE oh preen) suppresses the immune system. It is used to prevent organ rejection after a transplant. It is also used to treat rheumatoid arthr...  More
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CYCLOSPORINE (SYE kloe spor een) is used to decrease the immune system's response to a transplanted organ.  More
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TACROLIMUS (ta KROE li mus) is used to decrease the immune system's response to a transplanted organ.  More
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MYCOPHENOLATE MOFETIL (mye koe FEN oh late MOE fe til) is used to decrease the immune system's response to a transplanted organ.  More
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Herbs and Supplements for Autoimmune Hepatitis What's this?

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Once considered a sacred herb in Celtic tradition, mistletoe has been used for centuries for conditions as diverse as high blood pressure, epilepsy, exhaustion, anx...  More
Efficacy Grade C
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Bupleurum ( Bupleurum falcatum , Bupleurum fruticescens ) has been widely used for over 2,000 years in Asia and is used today in Japan and China for hepatitis, cirr...  More
Efficacy Grade C
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