- Alkaline phosphatase (ALP): One of several chemicals in the body that can be used to diagnose primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and track the progression of the disease.
- Antimitochondrial antibodies (AMAs): A chemical in the body that can be used to diagnose PBC.
- Autoimmune disease: A condition in which the body attacks a part of itself.
- Bile duct: A tube-like structure in the liver that transports bile to the small intestine to help with digestion.
- Cirrhosis: Severe scarring of the liver.
- Fibrosis: Excess connective tissue in an organ that can lead to damage.
- Jaundice: The yellow appearance of the skin and eyes that can be caused by liver failure.
- Pruritus: Itching of the skin, a common symptom of PBC.
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