Liver Disorders Information Center
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis is an autoimmune disorder. This means that it is caused by the immune system of the body mistaking the healthy tissues in the liver as foreign elements and attacking them. This damages the bile ducts significantly ultimately causing Primary Biliary Cirrhosis.
It normally takes about 10 years for the first symptoms to be observed of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis. The early symptoms of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis include persistent fatigue, skin gets extremely itchy, and mouth gets dry. There are also fatty deposits around the eyes, palms, elbows and knees, jaundice, skin discoloration where the skin gets dark.