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Can primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) cause enlarged veins?

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When blood can’t flow freely through your portal vein, it can back up elsewhere, especially your stomach and esophagus. That leads to more pressure in your veins, which can trigger bleeding and enlarged blood vessels, called varices. This is serious, and you'd need to see a doctor right away.

From: PBC: Can There Be Complications? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Primary Biliary Cirrhosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Primary Biliary Cirrhosis: Complications."

American Liver Foundation: "Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC, previously Primary Biliary Cirrhosis)."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 06, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Primary Biliary Cirrhosis."

Mayo Clinic: "Primary Biliary Cirrhosis: Complications."

American Liver Foundation: "Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC, previously Primary Biliary Cirrhosis)."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 06, 2017

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