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Autoimmune hepatitis

  • Alternative Names

    Lupoid hepatitis; Chronic acute liver disease


    Treatment

    Prednisone or other corticosteroid medications help reduce the inflammation. Azathioprine and 6-mercaptopurine are drugs used to treat other autoimmune disorders. They have been shown to help patients with autoimmune hepatitis, as well.

    Some patients may receive a liver transplant.


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outcome varies. Corticosteroid therapy may slow the disease progression. However, autoimmune hepatitis may worsen to cirrhosis and require a liver transplant.


    Complications
    • Cirrhosis
    • Complications related to steroids and other medications
    • Hepatocellular carcinoma
    • Liver failure

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if you notice symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis.