A Case of Coexisting Primary Biliary Cirrhosis and Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis: A New Overlap of Autoimmune Liver Diseases

Dig Dis Sci. 2001 Sep;46(9):2043-7. doi: 10.1023/a:1010620122567.


Although the etiology of AIH, PBC, and PSC remains unknown, it is apparent that these autoimmune liver diseases share many common features and can coexist in the same patient. Our patient had features of PBC and later clearly developed a picture of PSC. This case suggests that PBC, PSC, AIH, and autoimmune cholangitis are part of a spectrum of chronic autoimmune liver disease that develop in response to some yet unidentified antigen.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Autoimmune Diseases*
  • Cholangiopancreatography, Endoscopic Retrograde
  • Cholangitis, Sclerosing / complications
  • Cholangitis, Sclerosing / diagnosis
  • Cholangitis, Sclerosing / enzymology
  • Cholangitis, Sclerosing / immunology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Liver / pathology
  • Liver Cirrhosis, Biliary / complications
  • Liver Cirrhosis, Biliary / diagnosis
  • Liver Cirrhosis, Biliary / enzymology
  • Liver Cirrhosis, Biliary / immunology*
  • Liver Function Tests