What is the outlook for people with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC)?
In most cases, PBC progresses slowly. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to managing PBC symptoms and avoiding progression of the disease. For many people with the disease, medications and lifestyle changes can control symptoms, so the condition does not interfere with daily life.
If PBC is not treated, and liver function gets worse, it can lead to more serious health problems. People with PBC that progresses to the late stages may need a liver transplant. The prognosis for these people after a transplant is excellent.