An inflammation of the liver caused by interaction with the immune system. This type of chronic hepatitis is characterized by the presence of circulating autoantibodies. Other autoimmune diseases, such as ulcerative colitis, diabetes, thyroiditis, hemolytic anemia, and proliferative glomerulonephritis, may be associated with chronic hepatitis, or may occur in the relatives of patients with chronic active. This disease is most common in women.
A disease in which the body's immune system attacks liver cells, causing inflammation. If not stopped, inflammation can lead to cirrhosis (scarring and hardening) of the liver and eventually liver failure.