Autoimmune Hepatitis

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Presented by
Dr Ravindra Kumar Sharma
Moderated by
Dr Vishnu Biradar
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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