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Can primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) cause portal hypertension?

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If primary biliary cholangitis (formerly known as primary biliary cirrhosis) isn't treated, or if it gets worse and causes liver damage, there's a chance you could have other serious problems. Those issues include

portal hypertension. Your portal vein carries blood from your stomach, intestines, spleen, gallbladder, and pancreas to your liver. Scar tissue from cholangitis blocks normal circulation and can boost pressure in your portal vein.

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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