Bile is a bitter, yellow fluid produced by your liver. Bile is released by your gallbladder into the small intestine when you eat and helps to break down fats. 

Many patients do not experience any symptoms until the later stages of the disease. Others see a number of symptoms such as:

The causes of PBC are unknown but the disease is considered an autoimmune disease meaning you body’s normal defence system triggers an attack on its own cells.

If your GP suspects you have primary biliary cirrhosis, you may be referred to a specialist consultant for further tests and diagnosis. Our experienced consultants can diagnose and treat primary biliary cirrhosis in a hospital near you. 

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