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Learning update: Primary biliary cholangitis

Pharmacists can help with the detection of primary biliary cholangitis by raising awareness and symptom spotting.

This eduational update article looks at spotting the symptoms and raising awareness of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), and also covers common lower GI problems encountered in pharmacy. It can be used as part of your CPD.

Work through the article and test your knowledge by answering the multiple-choice questions at the end. Record your learning and how you applied it in your practice using the action and evaluation record, which will then be stored in your personal learning log.

Learning objectives

After reading this article you should be able to:

  • Recognise the symptoms of primary biliary cholangitis
  • Raise awareness of PBC and help to tackle misconceptions
  • Advise on both the management and prevention of lower GI complaints.

Key facts

  • Primary biliary cholangitis affects one in 1,000 women over 40 years in the UK
  • Sufferers wait for an average of two years and three months from first seeing their GP to receiving a correct diagnosis
  • At least one in 12 of all GP visits are related to digestive symptoms.


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