Severe autoimmune hepatitis caused by Varicella zoster infectionAutoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a chronic liver inflammation of an unknown etiology, which is characterized by the presence of circulatory autoantibodies and ongoing liver tissue damage.

In the last few years, the understanding about this complication has grown and it is considered that specific agents such as drugs and viruses may trigger the process of self-induced liver damage in genetically predisposed individuals.

This case of severe AIH following varicella zoster infection in a 23-year-old man was presented by Dr. Waleed K Al-Hamoudi from Saudi Arabia. It was published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology.