About Autoimmune Hepatitis
More Common in Women
While the cause of autoimmune hepatitis is unclear, the condition is known to occur more often in women and to run in families. It is more commonly found in people with other autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease or inflammatory bowel disease.
Seek Care if You Have Autoimmune Hepatitis Symptoms
Symptoms may not appear in the early stages of autoimmune hepatitis. As the condition progresses, joint pain, skin rashes, nausea, poor appetite, and fatigue may occur. If you have these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical care with a hepatologist as soon as possible. Liver specialists at Duke will diagnose your condition and start treatment promptly. This will minimize your symptoms and keep your liver as healthy as possible. Most people with autoimmune hepatitis do well and never need a liver transplant.
Why Early Diagnosis and Expert Treatment is Important
Left untreated, inflammation caused by autoimmune hepatitis can result in permanent scarring of your liver, called cirrhosis. Liver cancer, liver failure, and other serious complications may also occur.
Treatment for Complications
If autoimmune hepatitis leads to cirrhosis and other health problems, our hepatologist will work with other specialists to recommend the most effective treatment for your condition.