PBC is a chronic disease that can, little by little, destroy some of the tubes (called bile ducts) which links your liver to your gut.
Some people with PBC will never experience any symptoms of the disease. Clear symptoms of PBC are constant tiredness (this can be severe for some people) and intense itching in any part of the body. As with tiredness, the severity of the itch will vary from person to person. Severity is not an indication of the amount of liver damage. Other symptoms that may develop usually include the following:
The following factors may increase your risk of PBC:
There are a number of treatments for the symptoms of PBC. Some of them help with any unpleasant side effects, such as dry eyes, and others slow the progress of the disease.