Cliff J. d C. Harvey
Journal of Holistic Performance
ISSN: 2463-7238 | DOI: 10.26712/210622
Published: 21 June 2022
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Editorial | Not Peer-Reviewed
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), formerly called lupoid hepatitis, is a chronic, autoimmune disease of the liver. Autoimmunity occurs when ‘self’ cells and tissue are recognised as foreign to the body, either primarily, often due to molecular mimicry elicited by a pathogen, or secondary to a pathogen residing on or near that tissue, creating a stimulus for inflammation.
In the case of AIH, liver cells are the targets for this immune cascade, resulting in inflammation and elevation of liver enzymes. This commonly results in the initial symptoms of fatigue, jaundice, muscle aches, and upper quadrant abdominal pain, although symptoms can be mild or absent in many individuals and diagnosis is often made because of the patient seeking treatment for minor complaints (i.e., mild stomach pain).
The condition might result from an anomalous presentation of major histocompatibility complex class ll receptors (MHC ll) on the surface of liver cells which causes the cell-mediated immune response against these cells. This is thought to be due to genetic predisposition and/or acute liver infection.
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Cliff J. d. C. Harvey
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Holistic Performance Institute.
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Harvey CJdC. Nutrition and Natural Therapies in the Treatment of Autoimmune Hepatitis: Editorial. Journal of Holistic Performance. June 2022. DOI:
Not pre-publication peer-reviewed. Accepted for publication June 2022.
Open, post-publication peer-review available.