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Primary biliary cirrhosis is a chronic disease that causes the bile ducts in the liver to become inflamed and damaged and, ultimately, disappear. Bile is a liquid produced in the liver that travels through the bile ducts to the gallbladder and then the small intestine, where it helps digest fats and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. When the bile ducts become damaged from chronic inflammation, bile builds up in the liver, injuring liver tissue.
Research identifies 3D structure of key nuclear pore building block

Research identifies 3D structure of key nuclear pore building block

Discovery of genetic cause for primary biliary cirrhosis

Discovery of genetic cause for primary biliary cirrhosis

Biochemical markers for non-invasive assessment of primary biliary cirrhosis

Biochemical markers for non-invasive assessment of primary biliary cirrhosis

Cause of effectiveness discovered for a cirrhosis treatment useful in 40 percent of patients

Cause of effectiveness discovered for a cirrhosis treatment useful in 40 percent of patients

Over 2 decades experiences shows that ultrasound-guided liver biopsy is the procedure of choice

Over 2 decades experiences shows that ultrasound-guided liver biopsy is the procedure of choice

Over 60's do well after liver transplantation

Over 60's do well after liver transplantation

First-degree relatives of patients with primary biliary cirrhosis more likely to have biomarkers of the disease

First-degree relatives of patients with primary biliary cirrhosis more likely to have biomarkers of the disease

Exposure to toxins from hazardous waste sites may be a significant risk factor for developing primary biliary cirrhosis

Exposure to toxins from hazardous waste sites may be a significant risk factor for developing primary biliary cirrhosis

New pathways linking liver disease to changes in the central nervous system

New pathways linking liver disease to changes in the central nervous system

Largest study to date on risk factors associated with primary biliary cirrhosis

Largest study to date on risk factors associated with primary biliary cirrhosis

Patients with primary biliary cirrhosis who are treated with methotrexate have an increased risk of death

Patients with primary biliary cirrhosis who are treated with methotrexate have an increased risk of death