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Has anyone ever heard of drug induced autoimmune hepatitis?

I have recently been diagnosed with something called minocycline induced hepatitis with autoimmune tendencies. I took a mild antibiotic (minocycline) for acne for about 3 years which caused hepatitis. The odd thing is that it caused autoimmune hepatitis which took forever to diagnose. It's supposed to be very rare but I was wondering if anyone knew anything about it or have heard of someone having it. It doesn't have to be caused by minocycline though because I had a bad flair up after taking amoxicillin.

Check it out on the Web MD. If this was Caused by the Prescription Drug that you took, you should See A Lawyer about Suing the Manufacturer!!!! No Joke! Hepatitis is Nothing to Play with it affects your liver. That's why they call it " The Liver" without proper Liver Function ---- you Die. Not to say that you have been effected that Seriously, but it is better to be Safe than Sorry. Check out the " Side Effects" of the Medication! If your " Condition" is not Listed, you will have a Major Lawsuit against that Manufacturer! Be safe, Check it out as soon as possible.  (+ info)

What is natural cure/home remedy/homeopathic/ayurvedic treatment to cure autoimmune hepatitis?

Last 4 months I am suffering from severe rash all over body & severe Hyperacidity & tiredness. Now Ultrasound Sonography has revealed Enlarged Liver with Fatty Changes/infilteration & distended Gall Bladder with mobile Gall Stone of 2.8 cm size. Is this sign of Autoimmune hepatitis? I don't wish to start Steroids to treat it.Is any Home remedy or alternative therapy or Homeopathy or Ayurvedic treatment available to cure it? In allopathy, it is incurable.

IF Ayurvedic treatment has Emergency treatment and if it has ICU you can try.
In Allopathy atleast controle is possible  (+ info)

Will donating blood be checked for autoimmune hepatitis?

Recently was informed my dad and sister have autoimmune hepatitis. Was wondering if it would have been noticed when I gave blood a month ago.

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What are the differences between celiac disease and autoimmune hepatitis?

The high liver enzymes levels (3 folds of one of them) and high total bilirubin (2.8) is good indicators to say it is autoimmune, if we can not do the tests for the celiac disease

Hi Im Chris, Both diseases are autoimmune diseases. in autoimmune diseases the bodys own cells become overactive and start attacking either one part of the body (as is the case pretty much in these, with autoimmune hepatitis it is the liver, in Celiac it is an intolarance to foods that are strachy, sugared, etc). In other disease like Lupus, MS, and others they are more widespread and attack the entire body or more bodily functions or systems.

I personally have Lupus, Sjgrens and Autoimmune Hepatitis.
I Know a little about Celiac disease so I did some research, so I will let you know about how they diagnose that first.

Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in products we use every day, such as stamp and envelope adhesive, medicines, and vitamins. to diagnose it they do several things.

How is celiac disease diagnosed?
Recognizing celiac disease can be difficult because some of its symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. In fact, sometimes celiac disease is confused with irritable bowel syndrome, iron-deficiency anemia caused by menstrual blood loss, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, intestinal infections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. As a result, celiac disease is commonly underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

Recently, researchers discovered that people with celiac disease have higher than normal levels of certain autoantibodies in their blood. Antibodies are protective proteins produced by the immune system in response to substances that the body perceives to be threatening. Autoantibodies are proteins that react against the body’s own molecules or tissues. To diagnose celiac disease, physicians will usually test blood to measure levels of

Immunoglobulin A (IgA)
anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTGA)
IgA anti-endomysium antibodies (AEA)
Before being tested, one should continue to eat a regular diet that includes foods with gluten, such as breads and pastas. If a person stops eating foods with gluten before being tested, the results may be negative for celiac disease even if celiac disease is actually present.

If the tests and symptoms suggest celiac disease, the doctor will perform a small bowel biopsy. During the biopsy, the doctor removes a tiny piece of tissue from the small intestine to check for damage to the villi. To obtain the tissue sample, the doctor eases a long, thin tube called an endoscope through the mouth and stomach into the small intestine. Using instruments passed through the endoscope, the doctor then takes the sample.

What is the treatment?
The only treatment for celiac disease is to follow a gluten-free diet. When a person is first diagnosed with celiac disease, the doctor usually will ask the person to work with a dietitian on a gluten-free diet plan. A dietitian is a health care professional who specializes in food and nutrition. Someone with celiac disease can learn from a dietitian how to read ingredient lists and identify foods that contain gluten in order to make informed decisions at the grocery store and when eating out.

For most people, following this diet will stop symptoms, heal existing intestinal damage, and prevent further damage. Improvements begin within days of starting the diet. The small intestine is usually completely healed in 3 to 6 months in children and younger adults and within 2 years for older adults. Healed means a person now has villi that can absorb nutrients from food into the bloodstream.

In order to stay well, people with celiac disease must avoid gluten for the rest of their lives. Eating any gluten, no matter how small an amount, can damage the small intestine. The damage will occur in anyone with the disease, including people without noticeable symptoms. Depending on a person’s age at diagnosis, some problems will not improve, such as delayed growth and tooth discoloration.

OK That is the Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment after the diagnosis. Onto The autoimmune Hepatitis, I will use personal experience and some information from a website.

Autoimmune Hepatitis has nothing to do with Hepatitis A, B, or C. It is not contagious in any way shape or form. It can stand alone as it's own autoimmune disease or can be triggered by another. Usually either Sjogren's or Lupus (SLE). Usually Sjogren's. It can also be called Lupoid Hepatitis.

The symptoms most common are an extended painful upper abdomen, jaundice, Enlarged Liver, Itchiness, Fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, loss of appitite, dark urine, pale or grey stools.

I remeber looking 5 months pregnant though I didnt eat.

There are several steps of testing. First are abnormal basic Liver function tests AST, ALT, Billirubin, Sometimes a Positive ANA (Antinuclear Antibody, also found in other autoimmunes like Lupus, sjogrens, and others), a positive Anti-Smooth Muscle Test Or its inititls (sp) SMA. The pattern and level of these test help distinquish which disease may be going on. In addition you more than likely will have a liver biopsy. I had one. I had no problems. I had it, woke up was on side, and wanted to leave.. they wanted me to stay. I stayed for awhile. But not all people wake up as well as I do from surgery. I was a bit sore.

Right now there are two mainstream treatments, I do not use either one, both do not work on me. Those treatments are Prednison (a class of medical steroids), and Imuran (an Immunosuppresent, used for transplant paitents, and other sutoimmune diseases). In the last several years, They have found that the medication first used for gallstones and galbladder disease called Actigall is very effective along with the natural herb Milk Thisle. Those are what my Rhuemotologists use on me. She swears by both. I was getting very close to a transplant list. I did need some IV chemo, but with that and those two other therapies I am in total remisson. In fact with proper care 7 out of 10 paitents will go into remisson. Many may still have mild attacks, mine come and go.

Both disease are not desirable. No autoimmune disease is, but with proper care and following your doctors orders both can be controlled. I do co-own an autoimmune support group, we do a lot of Lupus, but we are a mixed bag of everything, mainly females but male and female.

Good luck
Any questions email me at [email protected]
Im good for the autoimmune Hepatitis  (+ info)

Would like to hear from People who have been diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis.?

Hi would like to know how other people with auto immune hepatitis cope with the everyday symptons. My blood tests are not great and dr told me I am in remission. But still have symptons like tiredness, the shakes and joint pain. Somedays I really find it hard to cope. Every cough cold headache always seems worse than before. Even a little cut takes about a month to heal. Just need to hear from others who are suffering too. It sometimes makes it easier to know my symptons are normal for someone with this disease.

Hi, I have autoimmune hepatitis, and have had it for over 10 years now diagnosed. While I have had my ups and downs with it, it is very possible to lead a reasonable and though a bit restricted life, fulfilling life.

I know first hand, about the fatigue, joints pain, feeling flusih and headaches, but you learn how to cope with the symptoms and work within the limits of the AH.

I have raised 1 child (now an adult), and have another now a teen a teenage girl with Lupus with both these diseases.

You asked if these symptoms are normal with others who have the same diagnosis, well yes in some, and no in others, like me I have many of those symptoms, plus I loose my appatite, my abodmen swells making me look several months pregnant, vomiting, among others.

I go in and out of remmison, and have been off and on medications such as actigal and under dr orders the over the counter supplement milkthistle which cleanses your liver.Last year I had a bad Lupus and autoimmun hepatitis flare that my doctor had to put me on IV cytoxin. Since then, my counts and Hepatitis has gone into a full remmison.

But I do do everything everyone else does, minus drinking. Having this is not the end of our lives so long as we take care of ourselves, do what the doctors tell us, and stay away from very fatty food most of the time (i allow myself treats, though I dont usually have an appatitite). You just have to know that allowing yourself to live, rest when you need it, but not over resting, and even exercsing when you can will help. I have been able to build my immune system up enough that I do not catch every bug that crossed my path. I also heal pretty much at the same rate from a cut as a normal person. So having it, under proper control, having a decent attitude, living as clean of a life as possible has helpped greatly. But falres will happen, just as remmissons.

You may just need to ask your doctor about the proper immune boosting supplements that dont do ectra damage, and possibly other treatments your doctors may not have thought about (actigall), Many dr's are unaware of this one still, because it was first used to aide gallbladder disease, but found to be of aide for those of us with certain Liver disease's.

Good luck,
Chris  (+ info)

I have chronic autoimmune hepatitis I was wondering if I would be able to drink alcohol?

i got this problem over 14 years ago now.

Autoimmune hepatitis is already causing damage to your liver, if you add alcohol to the mix, you will expedite the damage to your liver 5 x faster than someone who doesn't drink. It is typical to have hepatitis for many years, so you have to take extra good care of your liver. Dying from end stage liver disease is not a pretty picture; I have seen quite a few people pass away from liver failure because they didn't want to quit drinking; but the ironic thing is with liver disease, eventually you will quit drinking when you become too sick to do anything. Not trying to scare you, just telling the truth. Best wishes.  (+ info)

Can anyone with Autoimmune Hepatitis tell me what to expect with prenancy?

I was diagnosis about 7 yrs ago and it is pretty much under control with steroids but I lack energy all the time and stress brings on all the other things (nauseous, lack of appetite, joint pain, severe body ache). My fiancée and I are trying to get pregnant what should I expect?

these are a few sources of information for autoimmune hepatitis, hope this helps, good luck

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases

American Liver Foundation

Hepatitis Foundation International

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

National Institutes of Health: Clinical Trials

National Library of Medicine
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus  (+ info)

Pregnancy.I had problems with my liver four years ago and was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis.?

Pregnancy ? I had problems with my liver four years ago and was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis.
I'm overall healthy right now, But my g/f is currently 6 months pregnant and I'm nervous that my child may be born with liver problems? I'm very nervous. You're help is greatly appreciated.

First of all, any disease that has genetic origins usually does NOT mean that the child will have the same disease 100% of the time. There are many factors that can play a role in whether an individual has the disease or not.

Autoimmune hepatitis in particular can have genetic or environmental causes. There is evidence that it's genetic. Find out if your child is female or male, because 70% of those with autoimmune hepatitis are women. Although it does affect males as well, you might feel more reassured knowing that statistic exists.

Autoimmune hepatitis research scientists have also discovered that certain genes known to play a role in the immune system are associated with a tendency to develop autoimmune hepatitis. Some people with autoimmune hepatitis do not have these particular genes; and still others have these genes but never develop the disease. This suggests that even if your child does have the genes, he/she may not necessary develop the disease just because one parent has it.

However, I recommend that you visit a gynecologist, make visits to a pediatrician as your child ages to monitor changes in liver activity. Catching symptoms early on can reduce damage to the liver, as physicians can prescribe medications (like corticosteroids) to suppress immune activity.

I wish you all the luck in the world; don't worry too much. These days autoimmune diseases are quite treatable, and people can live long, healthy lifestyles.  (+ info)

When in remission from autoimmune hepatitis, does my liver continue to deteriorate despite medicine?

Diagnosed 1 yr nad have managed to go into remission since Feb. I know there is no cure but I can't find answer as to how or if my liver may be deteriorating

When liver cell become damage, from
any number of causes, the immune system of
the body responds to this and causes
inflammation to develop in the liver.
Inflammation develops because of damage and
also to protect the "rest" of the body (sort of
puts up a blockage so that bacteria or infection
doesn't go through any farther) from anything
foreign coming into the body...but, in this
instant...it only increases damage since the
liver is surrounded by a membrane capsule and
the added inflammation causes pressure in
the liver and also causes the liver to enlarge in size and take on a spongy texture.

When you have an auto immune disease...
this means that your own immune system is
attacking your own liver cells and damage to
these cells are still done....it is like a double
whamy. It is great that it is going into remission...
if you can keep it in remission and the inflammation
is treated, then it may not advance any farther.

The problem is, if the inflammation continues to
the point where the liver cells start to die off,
then it will become a progressive disease
known as cirrhosis of the liver.

Up to this point it is known as Hepatitis caused
by an autoimmune cause. Hepat means liver
and itis means inflammation. So hepatitis
is inflammation of the liver cells.

Cirrhosis is death of the liver cells that lead
to scar tissue formation in the liver.

The scar tissue in the liver blocks the flow of
blood through the liver on its way back to the
heart; it also blocks the flow of blood to the
liver cells and therefore they lack oxygen,
nourishment, etc and the healthy cells continue
to die off.

So, if you are on medications and they are
keeping you in remission...that is great.
You should ask the doctor if you have been
diagnosed with Cirrhosis, as yet. Medications,
when it reaches that point, can only slow
the disease down and help with symptoms...
it isn't a cure.

Without all your tests results, we would not
be able to tell you what stage of the disease
you are in. Usually, a liver biopsy is the
best test done to determine this. You should
be with either a gastroenterologist or hepatologist
now. This usually goes from damage to the
liver cells, to inflammation of the liver cells, to
fibrosis in the liver, to death of the liver cells
over time (Cirrhosis). From the enlargement of
the liver now shrinking in size and taking
on a hard texture...the liver is dying.

I hope this information has been of some help
to you.  (+ info)

Autoimmune hepatitis. Anyone have it and willing to discuss with me about it?

Recently diagnosed and finding myself a little bit isolated and weighed with guilt about how mine and my partner's lives have been completely messed up by it.

I'd like to talk to anyone else out there experiencing something similar.

Thank you.

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