Signs and symptoms of primary sclerosing cholangitis include:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Yellowing of your eyes and skin (jaundice)
Primary sclerosing cholangitis may not cause any symptoms in its early stages. In some cases, the only indication of this disorder may be abnormal blood tests suggesting that your liver isn't functioning well.
When to see a doctor
Make an appointment with your doctor if you have any persistent signs and symptoms of primary sclerosing cholangitis.
Apr. 09, 2011
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