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Autoimmune hepatitis following Epstein-Barr virus infection: a diagnostic dilemma
  1. Haoran Peng,
  2. Tanna Lim,
  3. Jae Nam and
  4. Jin Lee
  1. Internal Medicine, Gwinnett Medical Center, Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Haoran Peng, hpeng{at}


Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infections frequently affect the liver and cause hepatitis. EBV is a well-known trigger of certain autoimmune diseases. There are few case reports showing the evidence of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) following EBV infection. However, the diagnosis of AIH is very challenging in the setting of an acute infection. Here, we demonstrate a case of AIH following EBV infection in a patient ultimately recovered after receiving treatment for AIH.

  • gastrointestinal system
  • liver disease
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  • Contributors HP took care of the patient in the hospital and clinic and wrote the manuscript. JN saw the patient in the hospital and clinic, reviewed and edited the manuscript. JL saw the patient in the hospital, reviewed and edited the manuscript. TL saw the patient in clinic, reviewed and edited the manuscript. All the authors contributed equally to the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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