Watch the video to learn about living-donor liver transplant at UPMC first-hand and see how part of Annette’s liver made her mother whole again.

Traute was diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), a disease that causes the bile ducts of the liver to become inflamed. This blocks the flow of bile, damages liver cells, and leads to scarring called cirrhosis. Progressive cirrhosis can lead to liver failure.

PBC commonly affects middle-aged women.

Symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Enlarged liver
  • Fatigue
  • Fatty deposits under the skin
  • Itching
  • Jaundice
  • Soft yellow spots on the eyelid

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About Transplant Services

Established in 1981, UPMC Transplant Services is one of the foremost organ transplant centers in the world. Our clinicians have performed more than 20,000 organ transplant procedures, including liver, kidney, pancreas, single and double lung, heart, and more. We are home to some of the world’s foremost transplant experts and have a long history of developing new antirejection therapies—so organ recipients can enjoy better health with fewer restrictions.