What are the symptoms of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Jul 19, 2010

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Most people with primary biliary cirrhosis are diagnosed before symptoms begin. The first and most common symptoms people with this condition experience are

  • a general feeling of tiredness, or fatigue
  • pruritus—itchy skin—and darkened skin in itchy areas due to scratching

Other symptoms may develop, including

  • dry eyes and mouth
  • jaundice—darkening of the urine and yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes—which occurs when the diseased liver does not remove enough bilirubin from the blood. Bilirubin is the pigment that gives bile its reddish-yellow color.


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