Last reviewed:December 2019
Last updated:April  2019



History and exam

Key diagnostic factors

  • presence of risk factors
  • fatigue/malaise
  • anorexia
  • abdominal discomfort
  • hepatomegaly
  • jaundice
  • encephalopathy

Other diagnostic factors

  • pruritus
  • arthralgia
  • nausea
  • fever
  • spider angiomata
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • splenomegaly
  • ascites

Risk factors

  • female gender
  • genetic pre-disposition
  • immune dysregulation
  • measles virus
  • cytomegalovirus
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • hepatitis viruses A, C, and D
  • certain drugs

Diagnostic investigations

Treatment algorithm


George Y. Wu

Professor of Medicine

University of Connecticut School of Medicine




GYW presents lectures on autoimmune hepatitis nationally and internationally. He is a member of the medical advisory boards for Gilead Sciences and Intercept Pharmaceuticals, and has acted as an expert witness for legal firms. GYW is comprehensive editor in chief of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology and associate editor of Medjaden.

Roopjeet K. Bath

Gastroenterology/Hepatology Fellow

University of Connecticut School of Medicine




RKB declares that she has no competing interests.

Dr George Y. Wu and Dr Roopjeet K. Bath would like to gratefully acknowledge Dr Micheal Tadros, Dr Lucija Virovic Jukic, Dr Marcy L. Coash, and Dr Deepika Devuni, previous contributors to this topic. Dr Wu would also like to acknowledge the assistance of Dr Nathan Selky in the 2011 update. MT, LVJ, MLC, and DD declare that they have no competing interests.

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Assistant Professor

Division of Gastroenterology

Department of Medicine

Brown University



KP declares that he has no competing interests.

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