All You Need to Know About Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis is an autoimmune hepatic disorder. It is a progressive disease that females are more prone to than males. The onset stage of this hepatic disease causes inflammation in the bile based ducts within the liver, and progresses to damage them. The damage further morphs into destroying the bile ducts completely. This is an irreversible liver disease.

The diagnosis of the life-threatening disease, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, calls out for an urgent Liver Transplant surgery for the patient. Since the disease can be potentially fatal during the end-stages, the patient is suggested to get the damaged liver transplanted at the earliest so as to avoid further damage in the bile ducts. According to Dr. Vivek Vij, the best success rate of liver transplant, having the lowest biliary complication rate (<4%) in living donor Liver Transplant (LDLT) worldwide; states that there are four stages of this disease; the first causes inflammation in the upper right abdominal region, which progresses into fibrosis in the second stage, carried along with the inflammation. The third stage of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis causes bridging of fibrosis, rapidly progressing towards the fourth stage, wherein, the fibroids develop into cirrhosis of the liver.

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Similar to the other liver diseases, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis too is asymptomatic until it develops into the end stage cirrhosis. This disease is not diagnosed until a patient undergoes blood tests and checkups routinely, which show degradation or failure in the liver’s ability to perform its functions. Dr. Vivek Vij, the top Liver Transplant surgeon with the highest success rate (100% donor success rate), offering the lowest cost of Liver Transplant in India; states that mild symptoms like chronic fatigue, yellow discoloration of face and eyes, dark colored urine, fever, loss of appetite and nausea are alarming signs of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis. There is no cure to this hereditarily acquired disease. Medicinal therapy albeit can only reduce the speed of damage being caused to the liver. The disease can only be treated through a Liver Transplantation.

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis causes a major damage to liver. The disease accentuates rapidly and can be fatal. It is therefore strongly suggested not to take hepatic health lightly, and consult a doctor upon experiencing even the mildest of symptoms to avoid serious conditions.