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PRIMARY BILIARY CIRRHOSIS

Primary biliary cirrhosis is chronic, progressive, autoimmune, cholestatic liver disease more common in middle-aged women. It is characterized by destruction of small to medium bile ducts, leading to cholestasis and frequently, end-stage liver disease.
Diagnostic features are chronic biochemical cholestasis, presence of antimitochondrial antibodies and the characteristic liver biopsy findings.
At present, the diagnosis is most often made in an asymptomatic patient who presents with abnormal lab results on a routine checkup or as part of workup for an associated illness.


 

Differential Diagnosis

  • Alternative diagnoses include primary sclerosing cholangitis, obstructive jaundice, drug-induced liver injury, autoimmune hepatitis, hyperthyroidism, bone lesions
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