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Primary biliary cirrhosis

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Introduction
Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a long-term liver disease that damages the small bile ducts in the liver. The build-up of bile damages the liver.
Symptoms of primary biliary cirrhosis
The most common symptoms of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) are fatigue and itchy skin. Around half of all cases of PBC have no symptoms at first.
Causes of primary biliary cirrhosis
The exact cause of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is unknown, although it is thought that a combination of genetic and environmental factors may play a part.
Diagnosing primary biliary cirrhosis
In many cases, a suspected diagnosis of primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is made when carrying out a blood test for another, unrelated condition.
Treating primary biliary cirrhosis
Although there is currently no cure for primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) treatments are available to relieve symptoms and prevent liver damage.
Complications of primary biliary cirrhosis
If primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is not treated, it can lead to complications such as an increased chance of osteoporosis or liver failure.
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