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can a person die from porphyria

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: The porphyrias are troublesome illnesses, but once diagnosed, patients usually learn to manage them on their own, avoid the triggers, and get through ... Read More

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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
No: Not usually, however related disorder such as alcoholism can cause death.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No, but...: There is often underlying hemochromatosis, alcohol abuse or hepatitis c and these are often deadly if missed. Depending on the gene that gave you the ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not a good idea: Tattoos are form of self-mutilation. It is bad enough for a normal person to get them and doubly so for someone with a skin disorder. Save yourself an ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Self destructive: Getting a tattoo is a form of self-destructive behavior. It not good for a normal person, let alone some one with a disorder affecting the skin.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Disease family: Maybe 1 person in 1000 is born with a strong tendency to porphyria cutanea tarda and some forms of hepatitis can bring it out even in a normal person; ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. K. Olson
Dr. K. Olson answered
38 years experience Psychiatry
Inherited: Typically inherited problem in the breakdown of red blood cells, in particular heme. The abdominal pain and crises can be set off by medications, alco ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aletha Tippett
23 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Both men and women can have acute porphyria. However, attacks are more common in women because of hormonal changes that occur during the menstrual cy ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Porphyria results…: From lack of an enzyme in the path for making heme, the oxygen-carrying part of blood. There are many triggers for attacks:alcohol; smoking; drugs (ba ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Weeks
44 years experience Family Medicine
With treatment: Since most forms of porphyria are inherited there is not a cure for them. Depending on the type, treatment can relieve symptoms and improve quality of ... Read More
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