Frequently Asked Questions
Specialists like hepatologists or gastroenterologists treat biliary cirrhosis.
2. How does primary biliary cirrhosis differ from primary sclerosing cholangitis?
Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is an autoimmune disease usually affecting females whereas primary sclerosing cholangitis usually affects males and the cause is not known. Anti-mitrochondrial antibodies are present in most cases of PBC, which are not seen in sclerosing cholangitis.
3. Does alcohol cause biliary cirrhosis?
No. Though alcohol is among the most common causes of cirrhosis, biliary cirrhosis is caused as a result of an autoimmune reaction (as in the case of PBC) or due to prolonged obstruction of the bile ducts arising from the liver (as in secondary biliary cirrhosis).