Primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) is a chronic and slowly progressive cholestatic liver disease characterized by destruction of the interlobular bile ducts, which, if untreated, leads to fibrosis, biliary cirrhosis, and liver failure. Because liver transplantation remains the only curative option for PBC, the goals of treatment are to slow the rate of progression, to alleviate related symptoms, and to prevent complications. Ursodeoxycholic acid is the only US Food and Drug Administration-approved medical treatment of PBC. Several agents are undergoing evaluation as monotherapy or as an adjuvant to ursodeoxycholic acid. This review summarizes current therapeutic advances in the care of patients with PBC.
- 6α-Ethyl-chenodeoxycholic acid
- Primary biliary cirrhosis
- Ursodeoxycholic acid
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