Primary biliary cholangiitis is a disease damages the bile ducts in your liver your doctor may also call it pbc it used to be called primary biliary cirrhosis these ducts have an important job . Primary biliary cholangitis pbc previously known as primary biliary cirrhosis is an autoimmune disease of the liver 1 2 3 it results from a slow progressive destruction of the small bile ducts of the liver causing bile and other toxins to build up in the liver a condition called cholestasis . Primary biliary cholangitis previously called primary biliary cirrhosis is a chronic disease in which the bile ducts in your liver are slowly destroyed bile is a fluid made in your liver it aids with digestion and helps your body get rid of cholesterol toxins and worn out red blood cells. Primary biliary cirrhosis pbc is a progressive disease of the liver caused by a buildup of bile within the liver cholestasis that results in damage to the small bile ducts that drain bile from the liver over time this pressure build up destroys the bile ducts leading to liver cell damage as the disease progresses and enough liver cells die cirrhosis and liver failure occur. Primary biliary cirrhosis pbc is a disease caused by damage to bile ducts in the liver these small channels carry the digestive fluid or bile from the liver to the small intestine
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