Darling discusses Autoimmune Hepatitis in new podcast

In Episode Six of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture," Jama Darling, MD, talks about autoimmune hepatitis, how it is different from other types of hepatitis, the importance of liver biopsy, and treatments of the disease. Darling is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Darling discusses Autoimmune Hepatitis in new podcast click to enlarge Jama Darling, MD
"When we have diagnosed a patient with autoimmune hepatitis, one of the most common questions I get is, 'I've never done drugs or had a blood transfusion. I don’t drink alcohol—why on earth do I have hepatitis?'

I explain to the patient that they don’t have a virus, they don’t have a blood-blood transmission virus like hepatitis C, it isn’t due to a behavior such as excess alcohol intake.. Their immune system is recognizing something in the liver as unwanted and trying to get rid of it, and this is of no fault of their own."

- Jama Darling, MD

Topics include:

  • Autoimmune hepatitis & how it is diagnosed
  • Symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis
  • Treatments available for autoimmune hepatitis
  • Considerations for pregnancy
  • Autoimmune hepatitis & lifestyle changes

Visit the Department of Medicine web site to listen or to access the written transcript, and to check out previous episodes. You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.