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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 causes cirrhosis of the liver?

What causes cirrhosis of the liver?

Agree but also...: Other causes of cirrhosis can be metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. ...Read more

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Describe the features of biliary cirrhosis.?

Describe the features of biliary cirrhosis.?

Liver failure: There are many things that happen with cirrhosis, depending on how severe it is. These include confusion, bleeding from the GI tract, jaundice, fluid buildup in the belly, increased risk for liver cancer, and other symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the cause of primary biliary cirrhosis?

What is the cause of primary biliary cirrhosis?

Autoimmune: An autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks it's own liver. ...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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Pathophysiology of liver cirrhosis?

Pathophysiology of liver cirrhosis?

See below: Scar tissue in the liver as a result of different kinds of injuries. The significance is related to the chronicity for the injury and especially whether the injury is ongoing. ...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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Are the only causes of jaundice liver related?

Are the only causes of jaundice liver related?

Mostly: Severe hemolytic anemia overloads capacity of liver to process hemoglobin from ruptured blood cells. Disease of gall bladder, bile duct, pancreas can block the bile flow. Gilbert's disease can cause jaundice when liver function is otherwise normal. There are others. ...Read more

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What causes cirrohsis of the liver?

What causes cirrohsis of the liver?

Causes of Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis means "fibrosis". The most common cause is due to excessive alcoholic beverages, other common causes are viruses like hepatitis b or hepatitis c, but some of them are idiopathic or criptogenic with no apparent cause. Many toxins are hepatotoxic. Many medications are hepatotoxic too. Cirrhosis is the end of the liver disease and it may cause liver cancer. ...Read more

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Can hematochromatosis cause cirrohsis of the liver?

Can hematochromatosis cause cirrohsis of the liver?

Absolutely: Of all the diseases that will kill you if untreated, classic hemochromatosis (which claimed the life of my grandfather and uncle) is the easiest to manage effectively. Cirrhosis is only part of the trouble. If you've been diagnosed, run (don't walk) to get your phlebotomies -- you'll be delighted with how much better you feel. ...Read more

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What are common causes of cirrhosis and liver damage?

What are common causes of cirrhosis and liver damage?

Many causes: The top 2 causes are viral (hepatitis C) or alcohol related,. Other causes include, metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. Please see a liver doctor who can test you for the different causes and manage your symptoms. Fatty liver disease is becoming more prevalent and can lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of biliary cirrhosis?

What are the symptoms of biliary cirrhosis?

Jaundice & itching: Primary biliary cirrhosis is an autoimmune phenomenon and may be associated with damage to other organs. The prominent symptoms of biliary cirrhosis are jaundice and itching. With progression symptoms of liver failure, e.g., edema, bleeding, ascites etc appear. ...Read more

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What are causes of encephalopathy in liver diseases?

Ammonia: Ammonia is the waste product that is normally utilized by a healthy liver. When the liver is sick, it will not process ammonia and it will poison the brain. ...Read more

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Symptoms of liver disease?

Symptoms of liver disease?

Multiple symptoms: Liver disease has a multitude of symptoms. In the early phases it can be nonspecific like tiredness, lack of appetite ; energy, distaste for cigarettes, yellowish discolouration of eyes ; urine. With increasing loss of liver function, 1) fluid retention (belly/ankle swelling, 2) mental changes(confusion), 3) bleeding from the mouth or rectum, on in the skin. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Symptoms of liver failure?

Symptoms of liver failure?

Jaundice: Liver failure is usually do to some inflammatory process damaging the liver. Jaundice, nausea, vomitting, itching, bruising and bleeding are associated woth liver failire. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of liver cirrhosis?

What are the most common causes of liver cirrhosis?

See below: 1. Alcohol 2. Hepatitis c & b 3. Others like fatty liver disease, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, inflammatory bowel disease (includes ulcerative colitis and crohns - usually crohns), primary biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, tylenol (acetaminophen) or aflatoxin (certain mushrooms) toxicity but usually causes immediate failure, parasites, and others. ...Read more

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Some symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

Some symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver?

Quite a few: When cirrhosis is well established patients develop portal hypertension (high pressure in the veins in stomach, spleen, and intestines) and blood is shunted away from the liver. Patients then develop ascites (fluid build up in abdomen), enlarged spleen and low platelet count, encephalopathy (confusion), and varices (enlarged veins inside stomach and esophagus) which can lead to massive bleeding. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cirrhosis of the liver besides alcohol abuse?

What are the causes of cirrhosis of the liver besides alcohol abuse?

See below: Infection with hepatitis b and/or c and non-alcoholic fatty liver associated with obesity are other common causes. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver. ...Read more

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What is chronic liver parenchymal disease with cirrhosis; varices and ascites?

What is chronic liver parenchymal disease with cirrhosis; varices and ascites?

This sounds serious: To translate, you have liver cell damage and scarring (cirrhosis), which caused abnormally elevated portal vein pressures which caused venous distention in esophagus (varices). You also developed fluid in abdominal cavity, because of the high portal vein pressure. This imaging study is showing advanced stage of liver disease. You must get a specialist to treat you. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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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