PFIC: A rare inherited condition where bile is unable to drain from the liver where it builds up and causes progressive liver damage. End-stage liver disease usually occurs before adulthood. There are three different subtypes of the disorder, each with a different genetic origin of the defect.
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Symptoms of PFIC
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Treatments for PFIC
- Dietary management - Diet should be high in carbohydrates and protein. Supplementation of fat soluble vitamins is necessary
- Medical treatment
- Ursodeoxycholic acid - may be tried but most forms of the disease do not respond to medical treatment
- Surgical treatment
- Diversion of bile salts from the enterohepatic circulation - cutaneous diversion, ileal diversion. May result in resolution of liver disease in most patients
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Causes of PFIC
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Misdiagnosis and PFIC
Chronic liver disease often undiagnosed: One study reported that 50% of patients
with a chronic liver disease remain undiagnosed by their primary physician.
The reasons are multifactorial.
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Definitions of PFIC:
Ophanet, a consortium of European partners,
currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000.
They list PFIC as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet
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