Autoimmune hepatitis is a chronic disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the liver, causing inflammation and can lead to liver damage. The majority of people diagnosed with the disease are women between the ages of 15 and 40.

Symptoms are minor and include fatigue, aching joints, abdominal discomfort and jaundice (yellowing of skin and whites of the eyes). The condition often occurs suddenly and blood tests and a liver biopsy confirm the diagnosis. Medicines are prescribed to suppress the body’s immune system and stop the attack on the liver.