Published in Hepatitis Weekly, August 26th, 1996
An autoimmune mechanism has been reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of type-C viral hepatitis. It has been suggested that hepatitis C virus (HCV) may affect the immunologic functions of hosts during long persistent infection and may induce aberrant tissue autoantibodies, similar to those seen in autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). In contrast to AIH patients, the autoantibodies found in viral hepatitis patients are usually of low titers.
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