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Cirrosis biliar primaria - Overview

Nombres alternativos

CBP

Definición:

Es una irritación e hinchazón (inflamación) de las vías biliares del hígado, lo cual bloquea el flujo de la bilis. Esta obstrucción causa daños a las células hepáticas y lleva a que se presente una cicatrización llamada cirrosis.

Causas, incidencia y factores de riesgo:

Se desconoce la causa de la inflamación de las vías biliares en el hígado. Esta enfermedad afecta con mayor frecuencia a mujeres de mediana edad.

Se cree que la obstrucción biliar prolongada conduce a la cirrosis hepática. La enfermedad puede estar asociada con trastornos autoinmunitarios, como:

  • Reviewed last on: 5/4/2010
  • David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

Referencias

Afdhal NH. Diseases of the gall bladder and bile ducts. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier. 2007: chap 159.

Mayo MJ. Natural history of primary biliary cirrhosis. Clin Liver Dis. 2008;12:277-288.

Silveira MG, Lindor KD. Treatment of primary biliary cirrhosis: therapy with choleretic and immunosuppressive agents. Clin Liver Dis. 2008;12:425-443.

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