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Conditions We Treat: Autoimmune Hepatitis

When the body’s immune system attacks liver cells, chronic inflammation and liver damage can result. Autoimmune hepatitis may occur along with other autoimmune disorders such as lupus, ulcerative colitis or certain thyroid conditions. If not treated promptly, autoimmune hepatitis can lead to liver scarring (cirrhosis) and liver failure.

Autoimmune Hepatitis Treatment: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

  • Our doctors and surgeons specialize in hepatology, and have extra training and experience in diagnosing and treating even the most complex liver diseases.
  • Johns Hopkins specializes in a team approach to treatment so our doctors can confer with other Johns Hopkins experts in autoimmune disease, transplant surgery and other specialties.
  • We provide individualized care for each patient throughout the course of diagnosis, treatment and long-term control of autoimmune hepatitis.

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Autoimmune Hepatitis Treatment at Johns Hopkins: What to Expect

Before scheduling an appointment for autoimmune hepatitis, please forward all relevant medical records to our clinic. You can fax all your information (test results, imaging studies, notes from other doctors, etc.) to 410-500-4257.

Examination and Testing

When you come to the clinic, you will see one of our experts, who will ask you questions about your health and perform a physical exam. The doctor will review your previous testing and might recommend further tests to examine your liver function, blood clotting proteins and minerals, and to look for autoimmune antibodies.

You might undergo imaging tests such as a CT scan, an ultrasound or an MRI. A liver biopsy might be necessary in some cases, but not all: Our team has experience in less invasive ways to look at your liver, and one of these methods might be appropriate for you.

Treatment for Autoimmune Hepatitis

Sometimes, autoimmune hepatitis goes away on its own. But if it does not resolve, prompt treatment is important to limit more serious problems such as cirrhosis and liver failure.

It can take several months of anti-inflammatory medicines before autoimmune hepatitis goes into remission. Some people may require lifelong medication to control the symptoms and prevent a recurrence.

If a liver transplant is necessary, our team works with the Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, known internationally for its innovative procedures and quality patient care.

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