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Biliary Cirrhosis - Symptoms and Signs

Last Updated on Feb 20, 2016
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Symptoms and Signs of Biliary Cirrhosis

Patients with biliary cirrhosis may suffer from symptoms of fatigue, itching, upper abdominal discomfort and jaundice.

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Patients with biliary cirrhosis may not show any symptoms. Some may show one or more of the following symptoms and signs:

  • Fatigue. Fatigue may be severe and associated with excessive sleep during the daytime.
  • Itching of the body. Itching may occur more in the evening.
  • Discomfort in the upper abdomen.
  • Jaundice
  • On examination, the liver and spleen may be larger than normal. The patient may show accumulation of fluid in the abdomen and the legs.
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  • The patient may show darkening of the skin and small soft skin swellings in some areas. The skin swellings occur due to high cholesterol level.
  • Bone pain may occur in some patients.

References:

  1. Simon Hohenester & Ronald P. J. Oude-Elferink & Ulrich Beuers. Primary biliary cirrhosis. Semin Immunopathol (2009) 31:283–307.
  2. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine 17th edition

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