Factors that may increase your risk of autoimmune hepatitis include:

  • Being female. Although both men and women can develop autoimmune hepatitis, the disease is far more common in women.
  • Age. Type 1 autoimmune hepatitis can occur at any age. Type 2 primarily affects young girls.
  • A history of certain infections. Autoimmune hepatitis may develop after a bacterial or viral infection.
  • Use of certain medications. Certain medications, such as the antibiotic minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, others) and the cholesterol medication atorvastatin (Lipitor), have been linked to autoimmune hepatitis.
  • Heredity. Evidence suggests that a predisposition to autoimmune hepatitis may run in families.
  • Having an autoimmune disease. People who already have an autoimmune disease may be more likely to develop autoimmune hepatitis.
Apr. 18, 2012