What Is Primary Biliary Cirrhosis?

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By james
Jun 27, 2020
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The liver is a very important organ for us. Not only does it help to filter out toxins, but it also produces various hormones and other compounds that play a very important part in the functioning of our bodies. One of these compounds is bile, and it helps us to digest our food.

Bile is passed on to the gallbladder from the liver via a tube known as the bile duct, and primary biliary cirrhosis is a condition that affects the bile duct directly. People with the condition will often not know for 10 years or so after the onset of the condition. Once symptoms do manifest, most patients can expect to live for another 10 years.

1. Bile Duct

Bile is a substance that helps us to break down our food, especially fats. It is produced in the liver and is then passed on to the gallbladder, which is where it is stored until it is needed. When needed, it will then be released into the digestive system where it can help to break down our food. The bile duct helps to carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder, and also from the gallbladder to the duodenum in the small intestine. As with other parts of the body, the bile duct is not completely safe from developing problems, and this can result in a number of unwelcome symptoms.

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

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