PBC – Primary Biliary Cholangitis
Primary biliary cholangitis is a chronic health condition that occurs when your bile ducts are destroyed over time. Bile is a fluid in the liver that helps to digest food and rid the body of cholesterol, toxins, and old red blood cells. Damage from primary biliary cholangitis causes bile to back up in the liver, eventually resulting in scarring to the liver. This scarring is often called cirrhosis.
Primary biliary cholangitis is classified as an autoimmune disease, meaning it develops when the body’s immune system inadvertently attacks healthy cells. The condition is typically slow to develop.
- “My doctor discovered primary biliary cholangitis when conducting routine blood work. Initially, I did not have any symptoms, but several years later, I developed itchy skin as well as dry eyes and mouth.”
- “In the later stages of primary biliary cholangitis, I experienced pain in the upper right portion of my stomach, as well as yellowing in my skin and eyes.”
- “After having primary biliary cholangitis for several years, I developed muscle pain and swelling in my feet and ankles, and I often had diarrhea.”