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Other Names for this Disease
- Autoimmune chronic hepatitis
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Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks liver cells. This immune response causes inflammation of the liver, also called hepatitis. The disease can be quite serious and, if not treated, gets worse over time, leading to cirrhosis of the liver and/or liver failure. Autoimmune hepatitis sometimes occurs in relatives of people with autoimmune diseases, suggesting a genetic cause. This disease is most common in young girls and women.
- Autoimmune Hepatitis. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/autoimmunehep/. Accessed April 22, 2011.
- Dugdale DC, Longstreth GF. Autoimmune hepatitis. MedlinePlus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000245.htm. Accessed April 22, 2011.
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