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What can I expect if I have primary biliary cirrhosis?

What can I expect if I have primary biliary cirrhosis?

Maybe liver failure: Primary biliary cirrhosis is an insidious disease that tends to be progressive over time. The small ducts that drain bile from the liver will narrow and prevent adequate drainage of bile to the intestine. The liver will experience damage with years of inadequate bile drainage and eventually severe scarring (cirrhosis) occurs. With cirrhosis, the only option is liver transplantation for best chance. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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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 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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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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I've got biliary cirrhosis. What consequences should I be looking for?

I've got biliary cirrhosis. What consequences should I be looking for?

Liver problems: With primary biliary cirrhosis the small bile ducts in the liver are affected. As time goes on cirrhosis of the liver can result. This results in jaundice and itching. As cirrhosis worsens people have issues with enlarged veins around the esophagus, stomach and rectum. These can cause severe bleeding. Also complete liver failure can result. ...Read more

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If you get biliary cirrhosis, how do you feel?

If you get biliary cirrhosis, how do you feel?

Depends: Some patients with biliary cirrhosis have no symptoms. Others have fatigue and other have severe itching. If you have this condition, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose biliary cirrhosis?

What are the minimum tests needed to diagnose biliary cirrhosis?

Needed tests: The major test needed are routine liver function test in combination with a test called ama and ana. If suspicioius a percutanious liver bx should be done for confirmation. ...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 the tests for biliary cirrhosis?

Autoantibody &Biopsy: In addition to abnormal blood tests due to malfunction of liver, patients with primary biliary cirrhosis have peculiar autoantibodies, anti-mitochondrial antibodies. Blood tests and imaging suggest cirrhosis, confirmation requires biopsy (usually needle biopsy) and examination of the tissue by a pathologist. ...Read more

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How will having biliary cirrhosis affect my long-term health?

How will having biliary cirrhosis affect my long-term health?

Bad if untreated: An immuno-genetic disease, of which 90% are female, typically 40-60 years old. The disease affects asians, caucasians, jews, african. Family clustering is common. Early symptoms are fatigue, itching before jaundice, RUQ pain. Untreated pbc leads to progressive liver failure with its sequelae. Advanced age, liver/spleen enlargement, ascites, low albumin, fibrosis, cirrhosis predict worst prognosis. ...Read more

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What happens when you have biliary cirrhosis?

Depends: The degree or severity of the cirrhosis determines what symptoms are present. Early cirrhosis can not cause any symptom. Severe cirrhosis can cause many symptoms including but not limited to bleeding, fluid build up in the abdomen, turning yellow skin and eyes, death. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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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. Jason Hemming
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Cirrhosis Of The Liver (Definition)

Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver and poor liver function. It is the final phase ...Read more