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Autoimmune hepatitis is a long-term disease that makes the body's defenses (or immune system) attack the liver. This causes liver inflammation and damage.
Sometimes chemicals, certain medicines, or a virus can cause cells in your body to attack your liver. People who have another autoimmune disease may have a higher chance of developing autoimmune hepatitis.
Autoimmune hepatitis can be treated successfully with medicine. Some people may need a liver transplant.
Current as of: February 10, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & W. Thomas London MD - Hepatology
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