Autoimmune Hepatitis and UC

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   Posted 10/11/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys, I was wondering if any of you have heard of this? For whatever reason, a while back I had an Anti Smooth Muscle antibody(ASMA) taken. I think that's what its called. I brought it up to my GI and he was very disturbed by the results. It was 1:360. He is redoing the test and said he may have to take a liver biopsy! My ALT and AST has been fine, but that may not seem to matter. I understand that Autoimmune Hepatites can be very scary. A liver biopsy in itself is risky. UC and autoimmune hep can go hand in hand. Just wondering if any of you may have this, or have ever had a liver biopsy. Thanks,
Diagnosed with indeterminate colitis in 1992
current meds
4 asacol 3x's a day
Rowasa enemas as needed
Bunches of vitamins

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   Posted 10/12/2007 5:54 AM (GMT -6)   
The most common liver disease crossover with UC is Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.  I have heard of AI Hep too.  Worst case scenario is liver transplant.  No biggie :).  Just like changing the oil on your car.  I have been suspected for PSC for some years now.  Been down the biopsy path and a whole lot of other stuff.  Hope you don't have any of the above.  Do your reasearch on AI Hep and how to dx etc before getting a liver biopsy.  These are rare diseases and most Dr's only see them on a very limited basis.  If you end up having it I would coordinate care with a place like Mayo Clinic etc. Best!


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