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Autoimmune Hepatitis

  • F. Wilson Jackson
  • Raymond A. Rubin
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)

Abstract

Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a progressive inflammatory liver disease which affects females four times as commonly as males. The disease predominantly affects women in their third through fifth decades. Presenting symptoms usually include fatigue, malaise, oligomenorrhea, and sometimes jaundice. AIH is characterized by persistent elevations in serum tran-saminases, increased serum IgG, and histologic evidence of piecemeal necrosis, often with predominant plasma cell infiltration of the portal tracts. Classically, patients with AIH display high titers of antinuclear antibody (ANA) and anti-smooth muscle antibody (ASMA).

Keywords

Autoimmune Hepatitis Chronic Active Hepatitis Fulminant Hepatic Failure Portal Tract Chronic Active Liver Disease 
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  • F. Wilson Jackson
  • Raymond A. Rubin

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