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Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC) (cont.)

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Can primary biliary cirrhosis be prevented?

Since the cause of the disease is not known, it is not possible to prevent PBC. However, medications may be able to slow the progression of the disease and control the symptoms.

Should a person develop PBC, all attempts should be made to prevent further potential damage. This may include limiting alcohol intake, avoiding the use of medications that contain acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol), and cholesterol lowering agents.

What is the prognosis for someone with primary biliary cirrhosis?

PBC is a progressive disease that can be controlled but not cured. The prognosis depends upon a variety of factors including whether the patient has symptoms (especially fatigue), liver function test abnormalities, and whether the patient has undergone treatment with medication or has required liver transplantation.

Advances in treatment have extended the life expectancy in the past many years. The average survival of a patient with PBC who is asymptomatic is 16 years, while that of patients with symptoms is 7 1/2 years.

REFERENCE: Dancygier, H. Clinical Hepatology. Springer 2010.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/23/2014

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