A doctor will first inquire about your medical and family history, do a physical exam, and then conduct blood tests and othe rmedical tests to diagnose biliary cirrhosis, primary.
For instance, your doctor may request for the following tests:
- Blood tests, such as antibody testing to see any signs of autoimmune diseases, cholesterol tests, or liver tests
- Imaging tests, such as FibroScan, ultrasounds, MREs, or MRCPs (magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography) to examine your bile ducts, as well as your other organs.
- Liver biopsy in order to confirm your diagnosis or see the extent of your condition
Unfortunately, a cure for biliary cirrhosis, primary hasn’t been discovered yet. Hence, treatment mainly focuses on aleviating symptoms, as well as slowing down the disease’s progression rate.
Some of the medications prescribed for this condition may include:
- Ursodeoxycholic acid, which is often prescribed first because of its properties in reducing scarring in the liver and improving its function
- Fibrates, which has shown effects in reducing inflammation in the liver when taken with UDCA
- Obeticholic acid, which aids in improving the liver’s function
If none of these medications work, liver transplant may be considered by your healthcare provider.