By Howard J. Worman, M. D.
Autoimmune hepatitis is a condition in which the patient's own immune systems attacks the liver causing inflammation and liver cell death. The condition is chronic and progressive. Although the disease is chronic, many patients with autoimmune hepatitis present acutely ill with jaundice, fever and sometimes symptoms of severe hepatic dysfunction, a picture that resembles acute hepatitis.
Autoimmune hepatitis usually occurs in women (70 %) between the ages of 15 and 40. Although the term "lupoid" hepatitis was originally used to describe this disease, patients with
systemic lupus erythematosus do not have an increased incidence of autoimmune hepatitis and the two diseases are distint entities.
Patients usually present with evidence of moderate to severe
hepatitis with elevated serum ALT and AST activities in the setting of normal to marginally elevated alkaline phosphatase and gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase activities.
The patient will sometimes present with jaundice, fever and right upper quadrant pain and occasionally systemic symptoms such as arthralgias,
myalgias, polyserositits and
thrombocytopenia. Some patients will present with mild liver dysfunction and have only laboratory abnormalities as their initial presentation. Others will present with severe hepatic dysfunction.
Autoimmune hepatitis should be suspected in any young patient with hepatitis, especially those with risk factors for alcoholic, drug, metabolic or viral etiologies.
Serum protein electrophoresis and testing for autoantibodies are of central importance in the diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis. Patients with one subtype of autoimmune hepatitis have serum gamma-globulin concentrations more than twice normal and sometimes antinuclear antibodies and/or anti-smooth muscle (anti-actin) antibodies. Patients with another subtype may have normal or only slightly elevated serum gamma-globulin concentrations but will have antibodies against a particular cytochrome p450 isoenzyme that are called anti-LKM (liver kidney microsome).
How is the Hepatitis caused
Patients in whom a diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis is suspected may not have a liver biopsy as chances of bleeding are excessive.
If the biopsy is consistent, treatment with steroids (prednisone or prednisolone) and
azathioprine (Imuran) is begun immediately. These are tapered over the next 6 to 24 months depending upon the patient's course. If immediate liver biopsy is contraindicated because of a prolonged prothrombin time or thrombocytopenia, steroids and azathioprine should be started prior to biopsy if the diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis is likely based on clinical criteria (e.g. a young woman with severe hepatitis, elevated serum gamma-globulin concentration, negative risk factors and serologies for viral hepatitis). The patient will often rapidly improve and biopsy should be performed to confirm the diagnosis as soon as the prothrombin time decreases and platelet count increases to within safe ranges.
About two thirds to three quarters of patients with autoimmune hepatitis respond to treatment based on the return of serum ALT and AST activities to normal and an improved biopsy after several months. Some patients relapse as steroids and azathioprine doses are tapered or stopped and need chronic maintenance medications. Over the long term, many patients develop cirrhosis despite having a response to treatment, and patients who do not respond to treatment will almost always progress to cirrhosis. If end-stage liver disease develops, orthotopic liver transplantation is an effective procedure.
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Following are the alternative treatments:
Lycopodium is a Homeopathic remedy used in Hepatitis and is very useful in prevention and treatment of all forms of hepatitis including hepatitis C,
In Natural treatments the spice
Saffron full of antibodies is a excellent treatment. Full remedy in our e-book.
Take a clay plate put pin head size of saffron at night with
some water and drink this water in the morning. After 15
days you should have full recovery from the hepatitis. Cocunut taken the same way should
help this condition.
Prevention: Hepatitis can be triggered by celiac disease so , avoid wheat grain, Avoid excessive alcohol, exposure to BPA, one of the biggest cause is Aflatoxin and contaminated foods need to be avoided.
Hepatitis -C has been reversed by above methods in three weeks and many others have used Hulda-Clark zappers successfully.