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What is Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH)?

Autoimmune Hepatitis (AIH) is a condition where the body's immune system attacks the liver tissue causing inflammation and damage.

Affecting more women than men, AIH is relatively rare, though does affect about 10,000 individuals in the UK. The condition can be treated with drugs which reduce the activity of the immune system thus preventing further inflammation. If left untreated the inflammation can lead to fibrosis and cirrhosis.

People with AIH need careful and close monitoring which is currently completed via tracking of blood results (the tests look for markers in the blood called AST and ALT) and regular liver biopsies. Flare ups and liver tissue damage is controlled via use of steroids and immunosuppressants.

For more information on diagnosis and treatment, as well as support if you or a member of your family has had a diagnosis, visit AIH Support.