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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (Definition)

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


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I need information on primary biliary cirrhosis I am a 69 year female was diagnosed in 2010. What is the best test to confirm the disease. And where would be the best place for a second opinion? What should I look for as signs of progessing in the dise

I need information on primary biliary cirrhosis I am a 69 year female  was diagnosed in 2010.  What is the best test to confirm the disease.  And where would be the best place for a second opinion? What should I look for as signs of progessing in the dise

Liver biopsy: Is the gold standard, and a diagnosis cannot really be made without it, although blood tests, scans and medical history/family history can strongly suggest it. Most major medical centers. Like emory university hospitals in atlanta, have liver specialists who further sub-specialize in primary biliary cirrhosis. Increasing fatigue is most common symptom of progression, with jaundice and itching. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about primary biliary cirrhosis?

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?

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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What type of diet should an infant with biliary cirrhosis be given?

What type of diet should an infant with biliary cirrhosis be given?

Ask your: Neonatologist. If you have cirrhosis - keeping the child away from liver matebolized toxins would be helpful. ...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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Elevated alkaline phosphatase value of 125 U/L. Is this a sign of primary biliary cirrhosis? Could the level be due to my Hep B?

High level,,,: This is a high level for alkaline phosphatase certainly, but to say it's from primary biliary cirrhosis is harder as there are other things like high bilirubin and symptoms like itching and jaundice (yellow skin) and antibodies like anti-mitochondrial antibodies. It also could be due to Hep B or any increased liver activity or other things and it's not that high so see your Dr. For other tests. ...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

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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


Dr. Tracy Berg
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Biliary Tract Diseases (Definition)

Biliary tract diseases are diseases involving the path taken by bile as it travels from the liver to the gallbladder and ...Read more