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How is primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) treated?

Although researchers have studied many treatments, none has been shown to cure or slow the progress of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Treatment of PSC aims to relieve symptoms and manage complications. Treatment may include various medications to relieve itching, antibiotics to treat infections, and vitamin supplements. Instruments passed through an endoscope during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) can help open blocked bile ducts.

Liver transplantation may be an option if the liver begins to fail.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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