Prognosis for patients with autoimmune hepatitis is varied, depending on their age, sex and lifestyle. Women and young girls are more likely to suffer from the disease than men. Corticosteroids and immunosuppressants have been used effectively in arresting the progress of autoimmune hepatitis in some patients. There are cases where the disease has eventually resulted in cirrhosis of the liver, leading to irreversible liver failure. Such patients can survive only with a liver transplant. Anti smooth muscle antibodies test can help in the early diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune hepatitis so that patients can live longer with a healthier lifestyle.
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