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Primary biliary cirrhosis:best treatment options, what to do?

Primary biliary cirrhosis:best treatment options, what to do?

Liver trasplant: See a liver specialist will manage initially medical treatment , and enroll you in the program ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Biliary (Definition)

Biliary means anything related to the production, storage, secretion, or flow of bile, whether in the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, ...Read more


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If you are diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis, what are best treatment options?

If you are diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis, what are best treatment options?

Liver transplant: There are treatments that would reduce the symptoms in early stage of the disease. In the advanced phase, liver transplant would be the best option. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/primary-biliary-cirrhosis/ds00604. ...Read more

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Love indian culture and yoga. Can I ask an indian doctor at a us hospital to use some treatments from there to heal me of biliary cirrhosis?

Love indian culture and yoga. Can I ask an indian doctor at a us hospital to use some treatments from there to heal me of biliary cirrhosis?

Data it works?Safe?: Sure, you could use rx from anywhere or any culture, but do they work? Are they safe? Do they require monitoring? Just because something is natural, or has been used for thousands of years doesn't mean that it is either safe or effective. (bleeding people for rx was "standard of care" for 2000 years, before shown to be bogus, and detrimental. Be smart, get data, then decide. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about primary biliary cirrhosis?

Liver disease: Chronic disease of the liver from scarring of the biliary ducts. Probably an autoimmune disease. There are medications to help with this disease, but you need close follow up with a GI doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does one effectively treat primary biliary cirrhosis?

How does one effectively treat primary biliary cirrhosis?

Not a great answer : Unfortunately, there is no cure. The autoimmune disorder destroys the liver over time. The treatments help to relieve the symptoms (ursodiol, anti-itching meds, anti-inflammatory meds, immune suppressing meds etc.) and if the disease progresses to final stages, liver transplant is the only really treatment. ...Read more

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What are early signs & symptoms of primary biliary cirrhosis?

None: Early on primary biliary cirrhosis can be associated with little or no symptoms at all, just like many chronic liver diseases. As the disease progresses, however, many people start experiencing chronic fatigue & weakness, jaundice and itching (from bilirubin build up in skin), followed by complications of cirrhosis such as ascites & malnutrition. ...Read more

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Why do the sufferers of primary biliary-cirrhosis feel so tired all the time?

PBC = inflammation: Primary biliary cirrhosis is an autoimmune inflammatory disease, manifest by low but persistent liver damage. This causes a variety of biochemical changes which manifest by fatigue. Not all patients have fatigue, many patients are asymptomatic until the disease is advanced. Cirrhosis is also associated with fatigue. ...Read more

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Why is igm elevated in primary biliary cirrhosis (cholangitis)?

Immune dysregulation: The immune system is not functioning normally in primary biliary cirrhosis. That and the chronic inflammation contrive to raise IgM. ...Read more

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How can I treat primary biliary cirrhosis ?

Ursodiol: There is not much available to treat primary biliary cirrhosis, but ursodiol helps normalize the liver enzymes. For other therapies you should discuss with a hepatologist. ...Read more

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What can be done for primary biliary cirrhosis?

What can be done for  primary biliary cirrhosis?

Number of things: If caught early, there are medications, particularly ursodeoxycholic acid (actigall) which can slow it down. Preventing and treating complications is also important, especially high pressure in the portal vein, which can be treated with beta blockers (inderal (propranolol) and others) and sometimes surgery. Itching, fatigue and other symptoms can be treated as well, but liver transplant is needed when severe. ...Read more

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Has anyone survived primary biliary cirrhosis for long?

Yes: There are some new medications that have been effective for stopping the progression of primary biliary cirrhosis, particularly urso- deoxycholic acid. In addition, liver transplanation can be lifesaving, and patients can live normal lifespans after liver transplantation, although the need for anti- rejection drugs can affect the quality of life and cause complications which shorten life as well. ...Read more

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Could i get a handicap parking placard for primary biliary cirrhosis?

Why do you ask?: These permits are placed for people who have much more physical difficulty walking than do other peoples. If you have ascites and muscle wasting from primary biliary cirrhosis, this might be fair. If you have mild disease, and people see that you are asking for a special privilege that someone else would need far more, you'll lose the respect of your peers. Make the best choice. ...Read more

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What number of years can someone live with primary biliary cirrhosis ?

Many years: Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is usually diagnosed with lab tests and liver biopsy. People can live many years with PBC. Without knowing more information, I can't give you exact numbers, but hopefully you are on ursodiol medication and this helps PBC a lot. You should be following with a liver doctor who will help manage your disease. ...Read more

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What is primary biliary cirrhosis (liver) like?

What is primary biliary cirrhosis (liver) like?

It's variable.: Depends on how long you have had it. Usually without symptoms early in the disesae. May be associated with itching, hypythyroidism, fatigue, osteoporosis and dry eyes. Can progress to cirrhosis over time. If you have pbc, you should talk with your doctor about what stage your disease is. ...Read more

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Primary biliary cirrhosis - early stages. Can I have a gastric band for weight reduction?

Rethink: Would carefully discuss this with your gastroenterologist and with the surgeon who is contemplating this procedure. Without fully evaluating you impossible to say for certain, but this sounds like a very risky option under the circumstances. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there anything you can use over-the-counter for itching due to primary biliary cirrhosis?

Is there anything you can use over-the-counter for itching due to primary biliary cirrhosis?

Possibly: Bathing in colloidal oatmeal (much more finely ground than what you eat for breakfast) and using skin moisturizers may help. Cold packs placed over the skin may soothe the itching. If okay with your doctor & your other medicines, you might consider using milk thistle -- check with doctor first. Some antihistamines are available otc, but may also make you drowsy. Don't smoke. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can cause sudden elevation of liver levels in a primary biliary cirrhosis pt on meds?

Repeat and see GI: Primary biliary cirrhosis is an autoimmune disease of the liver that affect women more than men. Medications for treatment include ursodeoxycholic acid and steroids for acute flairs. Transient elevations may occur for a variety of reasons: 1) exacerbation of pbc; 2) injury to liver from another cause, e.g. Alcohol, tylenol; 3) viral infection, hepatitis or other virus. Repeat labs and see md. ...Read more

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What's the difference between primary biliary cirrhosis and primary sclerosing cholangitis?

Similar symptoms: Distinct diseases that announce themselves in the same way. Both destroy the small bile ducts within the liver and produce jaundice, itching and sometimes failure of the liver. The microscopic picture, labs, and treatment options are as strikingly different as the presentations are similar. ...Read more

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Is primary biliary cirrhosis hereditary?

Basically no: There's a pair of genes that carry the ability to develop the disease and these run in families, but it's not inherited like sickle cell, huntington's or some of the other familiar entities. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/151640.php. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (Definition)

A condition where the bile ducts of the liver break down. This causes a buildup of bile in the liver, including ...Read more