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2022 Jan 27

World J Hepatol



Recent updates on progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis types 1, 2 and 3: Outcome and therapeutic strategies.


Recent evidence points towards the role of genotype to understand the phenotype, predict the natural course and long term outcome of patients with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC). Expanded role of the heterozygous transporter defects presenting late needs to be suspected and identified. Treatment of pruritus, nutritional rehabilitation, prevention of fibrosis progression and liver transplantation (LT) in those with end stage liver disease form the crux of the treatment. LT in PFIC has its own unique issues like high rates of intractable diarrhoea, growth failure; steatohepatitis and graft failure in PFIC1 and antibody-mediated bile salt export pump deficiency in PFIC2. Drugs inhibiting apical sodium-dependent bile transporter and adenovirus-associated vector mediated gene therapy hold promise for future.