Autoimmune Hepatitis

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Presented by
Dr Ravindra Kumar Sharma
Moderated by
Dr Vishnu Biradar
Panelists
Dr Malathi Sathiyasekaran
Dr Girish Gupte
Dr Rajesh Sainani

What is autoimmune hepatitis?

‘Autoimmune’ is made of two words- ‘auto’ +’immune’- implying altered immunity to cells of one’s own body. Immune system normally recognises ‘self ‘and ‘non-self’ cells. It kills only the ‘non-self’ cells. When there is an alteration in the immune system, it loses this ability to differentiate ‘self’ from ‘non self’; and kills ‘self’ cells.

When such attack of the immune system involves cells of liver, it causes Autoimmune Hepatitis. It may occur as only hepatitis or may occur as a part of other autoimmune diseases.

 

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