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Hi, I have just been diagnosed with Autoimmune hepatitis. I have been having health is

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Hi,

I have just been diagnosed with Autoimmune hepatitis. I have been having health issues for the past year, including agonising stomach pain. When I was told, I was in a bit of a haze and didn't really understand what the doctor said after that. As such I have the a few questions about the condition. I am a 30 year old male who is slightly overweight.

- What is usual the prognosis with this disease?
- What are the likely treatment options?
- Will this impact my ability to work?

Kind regards
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

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I am sorry you have been diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis.

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this can be a long term battle with this condition.

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patients with one autoimmune condition are at risks for other autoimmune conditions.

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you should see a rheumatologist and get more blood testing to check for other autoimmune conditions.

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usually treatment for autoimmune hepatitis include treatments like steroids to try to decrease your body's immune system production of antibodies which are attacking your own liver.

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to decrease this liver inflammation.

Customer:

thanks, XXXXX XXXXX do that.

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you are welcome

Customer:

what is the normal outlook for people with the disease

Dr. David :

it can be a long term battle to control your immune system and decrease liver inflammation

Dr. David :

you should see your doctor and get a copy of your liver enzyme test to see how high your liver enzymes are

Dr. David :

these are AST and ALT levels

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which can be elevated with hepatitis

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this is a good uk NHS website on this

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http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/autoimmunehep/

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actually that is US NIH

Customer:

ok.. thanks. will read that and review.

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No at this moment. let me read this link first

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thank you for your assistance

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