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Information About Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

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  Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
 
Primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) is an inflammatory disease of the bile duct, which leads to cholestasis (blockage of bile transport to the gut). Bile is necessary for the absorption of dietary fat. Blockage of the bile duct leads to accumulation, damages the liver (leading to jaundice) and eventually causes liver failure. PSC is considered an autoimmune disease.

Epidemiology

It happens more in men than in women. The disease normally starts from age 30 to 60. It can however also start with children. PSC progresses slowly, so the disease can be active for a long time before it is noticed or diagnosed.



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