Autoimmune hepatitis is a condition that affects the liver and is not contagious. It can cause inflammation and occurs when the body believes that the livers cells are harmful to the body, leading the immune system to attack them. When left untreated, autoimmune hepatitis can cause cirrhosis and lead to liver failure.
Doctors are still trying to pinpoint the exact cause of autoimmune hepatitis. They believe that it could be related to genes that affect the immune system in the body. If you have another autoimmune disease, there is a higher risk of developing autoimmune hepatitis. The reason why the immune system attacks the liver cells is unknown. Physicians believe that in some cases, certain medications may also cause autoimmune hepatitis.
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