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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (Overview)

Primary sclerosing cholangitis (psc) is a chronic liver disease caused by progressive inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts of the liver. The inflammation impedes the flow of bile to the gut, which can ultimately lead to liver cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. The underlying cause of the inflammation is believed to be autoimmunity.


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What is the definition or description of: primary sclerosing cholangitis?

What is the definition or description of: primary sclerosing cholangitis?

PSC: Primary sclerosing cholangitis (psc) is a chronic liver disease caused by progressive inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts of the liver. The inflammation impedes the flow of bile to the gut, which can ultimately lead to liver cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. The underlying cause of the inflammation is believed to be autoimmunity. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
22 doctors shared insights

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (Overview)

Primary sclerosing cholangitis (psc) is a chronic liver disease caused by progressive inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts of the liver. The inflammation impedes the flow of bile to the gut, which can ultimately lead to liver cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. The underlying cause of the inflammation is believed to be autoimmunity.


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How can I treat primary sclerosing cholangitis?

How can I treat primary sclerosing cholangitis?

Difficult problem: Psc: autoimmune swelling/scarring of bile ducts within and outside the liver; often associated with infl. Bowel (usually ulc colitis). Increased risk for biliary ca. Med rx for itch, biochem abnormalities, e.g. Urso (bear bile), antihistamines, antibiotics for infections, vitamin supllements for deficiencies. Ercp procedure may open some strictures (narrowing). Ultimately, may need liver transpla. ...Read more

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Does primary sclerosing cholangitis usually cause many symptoms?

Does primary sclerosing cholangitis usually cause many symptoms?

It can.: Primary sclerosing cholangitis (= psc, inflammation of bile ducts) can give symptoms such as itching, pain in the right upper abdomen, fevers, chills, night sweats, and jaundice (yellow skin, yellow whites of the eyes). Most people with this illness have ulcerative colitis, which has symptoms of its own (eg. Bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain). Many with psc eventually need liver transplant. ...Read more

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I'm a 25 year old male recently diagnosed with stage 2 primary sclerosing cholangitis. Is this a common age range for this issue?

Sorry to hear: Primary sclerosing cholangitis tends to occur more frequently in males than women and onset may be between 20-30yrs old. Sometimes it is isolated, other times it may be associated with other diseases such as ulcerative colitis. Hopefully, you are seeing a hepatologist at a local university hospital, who can discuss possible treatments w/ you. Stay positive and god carry and bless you! ...Read more

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Primary sclerosing cholangitis---what treatments are best?

Depends: On stage. Usually it has poor response to chronic meds, and antibiotics are used for superimposed infections in times of flare ups. ...Read more

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Is primary sclerosing cholangitis rare?

Is primary sclerosing cholangitis rare?

Yes: The goal of managing acute attacks is antibiotics and IV fluids. In about 15%, emergency decompression or surgery is needed. Prevention of future attacks of cholangitis is based on removing biliary stones and debris, dilation or resection of strictures, and establishing optimal biliary drainage. Also important to rule out the clonorchis parasite. Your GI doctor can discuss newest treatments. ...Read more

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How can I treat primary sclerosing cholangitis?

Difficult problem: Psc: autoimmune swelling/scarring of bile ducts within and outside the liver; often associated with infl. Bowel (usually ulc colitis). Increased risk for biliary ca. Med rx for itch, biochem abnormalities, e.g. Urso (bear bile), antihistamines, antibiotics for infections, vitamin supllements for deficiencies. Ercp procedure may open some strictures (narrowing). Ultimately, may need liver transpla. ...Read more

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Does primary sclerosing cholangitis usually cause many symptoms?

It can.: Primary sclerosing cholangitis (= psc, inflammation of bile ducts) can give symptoms such as itching, pain in the right upper abdomen, fevers, chills, night sweats, and jaundice (yellow skin, yellow whites of the eyes). Most people with this illness have ulcerative colitis, which has symptoms of its own (eg. Bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain). Many with psc eventually need liver transplant. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: primary sclerosing cholangitis?

PSC: Primary sclerosing cholangitis (psc) is a chronic liver disease caused by progressive inflammation and scarring of the bile ducts of the liver. The inflammation impedes the flow of bile to the gut, which can ultimately lead to liver cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. The underlying cause of the inflammation is believed to be autoimmunity. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Cholangitis (Definition)

It is an infection of the bile ducts. Usually there is an obstruction of the bile ducts. Most commonly this is caused by a gallstone, although there are other rarer causes. It can be life threatening. If you have pain in your right upper quadrant, a fever and are jaundiced, ...Read more


Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Sclerosing Cholangitis (Definition)

Sclerosing cholangitis is also known as Primary sclerosing cholangitis. It is an inflammatory condition of the main bile duct that drains bile from the liver. It is important to follow with an experienced gastroenterologist because untreated, the condition can ...Read more