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What differentiates primary biliary cirrhosis from other types of cirrhosis?

What differentiates primary biliary cirrhosis from other types of cirrhosis?

Location of inflam: Agree with dr. Edmisson. Pbc is autoimmune disease affecting bile ducts; can eventually lead to progressive liver disease and cirrhosis (scarring). Othe types of cirrhosis usually involve inflammation of the liver cells, due to infection (like hep b, c), toxic chemicals, metabolic disease e.g.Nonalcoholic fatty liver (seen in obesity, diabetes) iron overload, damage from alcohol, autoimmune. ...Read more

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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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What are the different types of cholestatic liver disease?

What are the different types of cholestatic liver disease?

Cholestasis: Huge number. Anything that can cause disruption of hepatic injury. See a board certified hepatologist. These are often treatable. ...Read more

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How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

How are alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis different?

Different causes: One is caused by alcohol and the other is caused by a virus which infects the liver, hepatitis b and c are the most common causes of chronic viral hepatitis. As both of these affect and damage the liver they may have similar symptoms such a jaundice and evenually cirrhosis. The treatment however would be different. Having a viral hepatitis and drinking would speed the progression of the damage. ...Read more

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Are there liver problems from drugs for autoimmune diseases?

Are there liver problems from drugs for autoimmune diseases?

Potentially yes: Drugs that we use for autoimmune disease do have potentially liver toxicities. Drugs such as methotrexate, imuran. And Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) which are drugs which we use for autoimmune disease do have potential liver problems particularly the elevation of liver function tests. If labs are followed correctly, the potential for chronic liver disease are rare. ...Read more

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Other than alcoholism what causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Other than alcoholism what causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Many other things: World-wide, hepatitis B is the most common cause, and in the US hepatitis C is now the most common. Primary biliary cirrhosis, autoimmune hepatitis, Wilson's disease and alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency are other causes of cirrhosis which are somewhat more rare, and in some cases, no cause can be found (cryptogenic cirrhosis). Many can be treated, and now some can be prevented with medication. ...Read more

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Specific symptoms of liver cancer lilke jaundice?

Specific symptoms of liver cancer lilke jaundice?

Many diff symptoms: There are many functions of the liver which can be affected depending on the type of liver cancer - the liver stores carbs and sugar, helps regulates acid balance, modifies proteins from food to allow the body to use it, secretes bile to digest fats, creates Albumin for the blood stream, creates blood clotting factors. Jaundice is blockage of bile, malnutrition and weight loss, easy bruising, pain. ...Read more

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Are there any other treatments for alcoholic liver failure other than a transplant?

Are there any other treatments for alcoholic liver failure other than a transplant?

Yes: In severe alcoholic hepatitis, steroids (usually methyprednisolone or medrol) may help reverse some of the inflammation and allow the liver to heal. First and foremost, there must be absolutely no alcohol ever! other treatments, like beta blockers to prevent bleeding, vitamins (esp. Thiamine, Folic Acid and other b vitamins), good nutrition is essential. Other symptoms can be treated as well. ...Read more

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Can repetitive hepatitis with jaundice cause cirrhosis or cancer?

Can repetitive hepatitis with jaundice cause cirrhosis or cancer?

Yes on the: Cirrhosis, not a cause of cancer specifically of the liver- see internist as soon as you can if your still jaundiced. ...Read more

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What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

What are the causes of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?

Etoh, hepatitis, etc: Alcohol and hepatitis c are the most common causes of cirrhosis in the us. Worldwide, hepatitis b is #1 etiology. Other causes include toxins, heart failure, inflammatory autoimmune diseases, or unknown causes in about 30% of cases (idiopathic). Hepatocellular cancer (primary liver ca) can occur in long standing cirrhosis from any cause but more so in a background of hepatitis b or c infection. ...Read more

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How do gall bladder problems differ from pancreatic cancer? Are there any similar symptoms?

How do gall bladder problems differ from pancreatic cancer? Are there any similar symptoms?

See below: Some symptoms can be similar such as upper abdominal pressure discomfort, sometimes nausea & yellow jaundice can occur with both. Painful jaundice is likely from gallstones & painless jaundice more toward pacreatic cancer. Gallbladder issues more common than pancreatic cancer. Gallbladder pains in abdomen & nausea mostly occur after eating. Pancreatic pain more in the mid back with weight loss. ...Read more

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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