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Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) definition

Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a progressive disease of the liver caused by a buildup of bile within the liver (cholestasis) that results in damage to the small bile ducts that drain bile from the liver. Over time, this pressure build-up destroys the bile ducts leading to liver cell damage. As the disease progresses and enough liver cells die, cirrhosis and liver failure occur.

Bile is manufactured in the liver and then transported through the bile ducts to the gallbladder and intestine where it helps digest fats and fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K). When bile cannot be drained from the liver, it causes inflammation that leads to cell death. Scar tissue gradually replaces the areas of damaged liver and then the body cannot perform necessary functions.

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Comment from: teacher, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 23

Twenty-five years ago, I was diagnosed with early stage PBC (primary biliary cirrhosis), identified through a blood test for something else. I had slight symptoms, sweats and slight itching, but didn't recognize it as something to worry about. With the PBC diagnosis, I realized it was related. I have been taking Ursodiol (900 mg) every day. I had follow-up biopsy 7 years ago. Test showed the disease hasn't progressed. My energy is high, no itching or sweating. Life is good!

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Comment from: Lisabug, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

My PBC (primary biliary cirrhosis) diagnosis was one year ago. It was discovered through blood work, looking for something else. I was referred to a liver specialist and am taking 1500 MG Ursodiol daily. Last lab tests were extremely good and I have very few symptoms other than some bloating occasionally. I have found losing weight, eating better and cutting out the sugars have been extremely helpful in controlling this disease.

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