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What tests are done to diagnose primary biliary cholangitis?

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Your doctor will give you a physical exam and ask questions about your family and medical history. You may also get these blood tests:

You could also need imaging tests, such as an ultrasound, MRI, or X-ray of your bile ducts. Your doctor may also want to do a liver biopsy, where she takes a small sample of tissue to test in a lab.

  • Alkaline phosphatase, a test for increased liver enzymes
  • AMA, a test to see if your body is making antibodies that attack your cells’ energy powerhouses, or mitochondria. Your doctor may call these “antimitochondrial antibodies.”

From: What Is Primary Biliary Cholangitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: “Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis).”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Primary Biliary Cholangitis.” 

Merck Manual: “Overview of Gallbladder and Bile Duct Disorders.”

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Primary Biliary Cirrhosis.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 07, 2018

SOURCES:

American Liver Foundation: “Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis).”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Primary Biliary Cholangitis.” 

Merck Manual: “Overview of Gallbladder and Bile Duct Disorders.”

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Primary Biliary Cirrhosis.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 07, 2018

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