Diagnosing PSC

How PSC is diagnosed and the tests used to make the right diagnosis

How is PSC diagnosed?

There is no single diagnostic blood test for PSC.

This means that your doctors need to piece together clues from your medical history, blood tests, symptoms and scans to make a diagnosis.

The diagnosis often comes unexpectedly after your routine blood tests for IBD suggest bile duct injury 10. In other cases, people suffer with fatigue or feel generally unwell, or may show signs of liver disease such as itch or jaundice, which triggers investigations to identify the cause.

Where there is any doubt about your PSC diagnosis, you should ask to be referred to a hospital or doctor with experience or an interest in PSC.

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