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Information on Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

Primary biliary cirrhosis is a condition that causes damage to the bile ducts in the liver. This is serious, because if the damage is allowed to progress, it can cause the liver to eventually stop working. In the early stages of the disease, symptoms may not even be present. If signs do occur, they can include itchy skin, fatigue, and jaundice.
 
The cause of primary biliary cirrhosis is unknown, but researchers believe it may have something to do with the immune system because it often occurs along with autoimmune conditions, such as CREST syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, or sicca syndrome.
 
Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition, and the damage to the liver cannot be reversed. Therefore, treatment is focused on slowing down the progression of the disease and relieving symptoms.
 
(For more information, click Primary Biliary Cirrhosis. This article discusses in more detail how this disease is diagnosed, specific treatment options, additional symptoms, and the relationship between the liver and cirrhosis.)
 

Information on Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

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