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What differentiates primary biliary cirrhosis from other types of cirrhosis?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Dr. Arthur Heller
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Dr. John Edmison
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Origin of disease

Primary biliary cirrhosis (pbc) is a disease of the bile ducts within the liver, rather than a disease of the liver itself.
The bile ducts become inflamed and scar over time, which eventually leads to the development of cirrhosis. Ursodiol can delay this progression of disease, but sometimes a liver transplant is warranted.

In brief: Origin of disease

Primary biliary cirrhosis (pbc) is a disease of the bile ducts within the liver, rather than a disease of the liver itself.
The bile ducts become inflamed and scar over time, which eventually leads to the development of cirrhosis. Ursodiol can delay this progression of disease, but sometimes a liver transplant is warranted.
Dr. John Edmison
Dr. John Edmison
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