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Although autoimmune hepatitis is a serious condition, many patients often mistake the early symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis for flu symptoms. As the disease progresses, the severity and degree of symptoms also progress. Some common symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis include:
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
Joint pain or joint swelling
Cessation of menses
Large abdomen due to large liver and spleen
Spider-like blood vessels in the skin
Abdominal pain or ascites (fluid build-up in the abdominal cavity)
Autoimmune hepatitis may resolve without treatment in some individuals. For the majority of individuals, it is chronic and can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure if left untreated.
Diagnosing Autoimmune Hepatitis
If you or someone you know is experiencing flu-like symptoms that come and go, autoimmune hepatitis may be the cause. It is important to seek diagnosis from a medical professional. Learn more about autoimmune hepatitis diagnosis at Stanford.