Symptoms

Liver problem symptoms: autoimmune hepatitis symptoms can range from mild to severe and even though you may not notice any symptoms or signs in early stages, symptoms can appear all of a sudden in later stages, having developed gradually over time.

Liver problemsAuto immune Hepatitis signs and symptoms include:

Dark urine, enlarged liver, pale-colored stools, abnormal blood vessels on skin, abdominal discomfort and liver enlargement.

Additionally, you may feel:

Fatigue, nausea, fever, joint aches, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) and cirrhosis.

Pjaundice hepatitslease visit your doctor immediately upon showing any of these signs to do blood work tests and get early diagnosis.

Autoimmune Hepatitis Diagnosis

Blood Test:   After reviewing your medical history, which should state if there has been any use of medication or alcohol, the physician will ask for blood tests for an in-depth diagnosis (including autoantibodies) and to rule out other  viral hepatitis and liver diseases such as cirrhosis, Wilson disease, and steatohepatitis.

Biopsy:   A liver biopsy might be requested to diagnose this autoimmune disease and it will also help confirm to what extend the liver has been damaged and whether cirrhosis is present. Patients with cirrhosis run the risk of developing liver cancer.

Ultrasound:   An ultrasound is helpful to monitor the size of the liver and  whether there are any benign or cancerous tumors present.

Consider adding antioxidants to your diet.  These can be taken as supplements or with food. Important and effective antioxidants are Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.  Minerals are equally important.  One of the best minerals to consider are Selenium and Zinc, both contain high antioxidant powered will help contribute to a healthy liver function.

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