Autoimmune hepatitis (AH) is the self-induced hepatitis caused by body's immune system attacking the liver cells. The majority of patients aged 15-40 years old, of which about 70% are women. Autoimmune hepatitis is a rather serious illness and is usually chronic in nature which can last for several years throughout the course of the disease. Without proper treatment, the disease may eventually lead to cirrhosis or even liver failure.
Most patients with autoimmune hepatitis have no symptoms, only a small portion of patients will have fatigue, abdominal discomfort, nausea, loss of appetite, jaundice, hepatomegaly, dark urine and lighter stool color etc. In serious case, ascites may be occurred.