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What type hepatitis is auto-immune

By Anonymous August 30, 2017 - 11:56pm
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Autoimmune hepatitis is a chronic disease in which the body's immune system attacks the normal components, or cells, of the liver and causes inflammation and liver damage.

A combination of autoimmunity, environmental triggers, and a genetic predisposition can lead to autoimmune hepatitis.

Autoimmune hepatitis is classified into several types. Type 1 autoimmune hepatitis is the most common form in North America. Type 1 can occur at any age; however, it most often starts in adolescence or young adulthood. About 70 percent of people with type 1 autoimmune hepatitis are female.1

People with type 1 autoimmune hepatitis commonly have other autoimmune disorders, such as

celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which people cannot tolerate gluten because it damages the lining of their small intestine and prevents absorption of nutrients
Crohn's disease, which causes inflammation and irritation of any part of the digestive tract
Graves' disease, the most common cause of hyperthyroidism in the United States
Hashimoto's disease, also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis or autoimmune thyroiditis, a form of chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland
proliferative glomerulonephritis, or inflammation of the glomeruli, which are tiny clusters of looping blood vessels in the kidneys
primary sclerosing cholangitis, which causes irritation, scarring, and narrowing of the bile ducts inside and outside the liver
rheumatoid arthritis, which causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of function in the joints
Sjögren's syndrome, which causes dryness in the mouth and eyes
systemic lupus erythematosus, which causes kidney inflammation called lupus nephritis
type 1 diabetes, a condition characterized by high blood glucose, also called blood sugar, levels caused by a total lack of insulin
ulcerative colitis, a chronic disease that causes inflammation and sores, called ulcers, in the inner lining of the large intestine
Type 2 autoimmune hepatitis is less common and occurs more often in children than adults.1 People with type 2 can also have any of the above autoimmune disorders.


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