Symptoms of Autoimmune Hepatitis

Symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis are diagnosed in 70 percent of the women than in men. 1-2 per 100,000 cases of this ailment are reported every year. In most of the cases, the condition progresses to liver cirrhosis. This article tries to gain further insight on the signs of this disease.

Symptoms of Autoimmune Hepatitis:

  • Fatigue
  • Dark urine
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rashes
  • Mental confusion
  • Itching
  • Jaundice
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pale or gray-colored stools
  • Ascites – Fluid in the abdomen
  • Liver cirrhosis – Scaring of the liver tissues leading to detoriation of its function
  • Spider angiomas – Formation of abnormal blood vessels on the skin
  • Arthralgia – Joint pain
  • Amenorrhea – Absence of menstrual cycle in women
  • Asthenia – Lack of energy or strength due to side effects of medications
  • Hepatitis
  • Increased transaminase level – An enzyme found in the blood with higher concentration of it indicating diseased state
  • Increased blood gammaglobulin level – Proteins found in the blood and involved with protection of the body from threats.

Diagnosis of Symptoms of Autoimmune Hepatitis:

In most of the cases, an affected portion of the liver is cut and studied under the the microscope. It is called biopsy of the liver. There are certain pre-defined criterion to be met in order to confirm the condition.

Presence of antinuclear antibody (ANA), liver/kidney microsomal antibody (LKM-1), anti-Smooth Muscle Antibody (SMA), anti soluble liver antigen (SLA/LP), anti-mitochondrial antibody (AMA)) in the blood along with increased Immunoglobulin G level in it are some of these criterion.

Early diagnosis of the symptoms ensures remission in 60-80 percent cases. This is a state where there is absence of any activity from the chronic illness which cannot be cured.

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