SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Although some people with primary biliary cirrhosis remain symptom-free for years after they're diagnosed, others experience a number of signs and symptoms, such as:
- Itchy skin
- Pain in the upper right portion of the abdomen
- Dry eyes
- Dry mouth
- Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Darkening of the skin that's not related to sun exposure
- Swollen feet and ankles
- Accumulation of fluid in the abdomen (ascites)
- Fatty deposits on the skin around your eyes, your eyelids, or in the creases in your palms, soles, elbows or knees (xanthomas)
- Diarrhea that can be greasy
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- Liver biopsy. Alexandria, Va.: American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. http://www.aasld.org/practiceguidelines/Documents/Bookmarked%20Practice%20Guidelines/PrimaryBillaryCirrhosis7-2009.pdf. Accessed Oct. 5, 2011.
- Primary biliary cirrhosis. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/primarybiliarycirrhosis/index.aspx. Accessed Oct. 5, 2011.