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How is autoimmune hepatitis diagnosed?

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Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and how long you've had them. They'll also want to know what medications you take and how much alcohol you drink. They'll do blood tests to rule out other causes and look for substances called autoantibodies, which can be a sign of an autoimmune disease. Other blood tests can tell if your liver has been damaged. Your doctor probably will also do a liver biopsy. They'll take out a small piece of your liver and look at the cells under the microscope.

SOURCES:      

Autoimmune Hepatitis Association: "What is Autoimmune Hepatitis? A brief overview," "What causes AIH?"

American Liver Foundation: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

National Organization for Rare Diseases: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

World Health Organization: "What is hepatitis?"

UpToDate: "Patient education: Autoimmune hepatitis (Beyond the Basics)."

Medscape: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

National Library of Medicine: "Acute Hepatitis."

British Liver Trust: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center: "Autoimmune hepatitis."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on May 11, 2020

SOURCES:      

Autoimmune Hepatitis Association: "What is Autoimmune Hepatitis? A brief overview," "What causes AIH?"

American Liver Foundation: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

National Organization for Rare Diseases: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

World Health Organization: "What is hepatitis?"

UpToDate: "Patient education: Autoimmune hepatitis (Beyond the Basics)."

Medscape: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

National Library of Medicine: "Acute Hepatitis."

British Liver Trust: "Autoimmune Hepatitis."

Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center: "Autoimmune hepatitis."

Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on May 11, 2020

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