I have recently been diagnosed with Celiac's Disease which is another autoimmune disorder affecting the small intestine, liver and other body systems.
Apparently, those with PBC are at higher risk of developing Celiac disease and some authorities say that those diagnosed with PBC should also get tested for Celiac Disease.
As it turns out, some of the symptoms which I had been attributing to PBC have now disappeared since I've been gluten-free such as digestive issues, and frequent rashes. My persistent anemia will take longer to resolve, but eventually it too, should go away. My aim is to make anyone else out there with similar symptoms aware that there is a proven link between PBC and Celiac Disease, so they can be properly diagnosed and treated if necessary. I wish I had learned about this 12 years ago!
Here's a good paper on the subject:
[quote]Reciprocal screening for both diseases is recommended, as an early diagnosis with the appropriate treatment can improve the outcome of these patients.[/quote]
Some more literature:
The Role of Celiac Disease in Severity of Liver Disorders and Effect of a Gluten Free Diet on Diseases Improvement:
PBC and the gut: the villi atrophy, the plot thickens: