What causes autoimmune hepatitis?

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What is autoimmune hepatitis?


The causes of autoimmune hepatitis are not always clear. They are thought to be a combination of:

  • Autoimmunity

when your immune system makes autoantibodies, which attack and damage your body’s own cells and organs

  • Genetics

it can run in families, which may make it easier for a trigger to set it off

  • External triggers

causes outside your body, such as getting a virus or taking certain medicines


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Autoimmune hepatitis and your immune system

Overlap syndromes