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Porphyria cutanea tarda symptoms?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Skin changes: A physician familiar with pct can make the call just on physical exam. The labs are confirmatory. A check for iron overload and hepatitis c are wise, but you'll manage the illness by becoming educated and doing a few simple things. Best wishes.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How is porphyria cutanea tarda treated?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
See below: Pct is the most treatable of the porphyrias. Treatment seems to be equally effective in familial and non-familial pct. Factors that tend to activate the disease should be removed. The most widely recommended treatment is a schedule of repeated phlebotomies (removal of blood), with the aim of reducing iron in the liver. This actually reduces iron stores throughout the body.
A 27-year-old female asked:

Can you die from porphyria cutanea tarda?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 44 years experience
No: Not usually, however related disorder such as alcoholism can cause death.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Hows porphyria cutanea tarda diagnosed?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
See below: The preferred screening test for pct is a measurement of porphyrins in plasma. This can differentiate pct from variegate porphyria. The patterns of porphyrins in urine (predominately uroporphyrin and 7-carboxylate porphyrin) and feces (predominately isocoproporphyrin) help to confirm the diagnosis. The presence of an inherited deficiency of urod can be demonstrated by measuring the enzyme in rbcs.
A 27-year-old female asked:

What is porphyria cutanea tarda?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 44 years experience
Blistering disease: It is a disease that causes blistering seen more often in alcoholics because of enzyme defect causing increased porphyrins in blood. See dermatologist for full details and treatment.
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A 29-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: porphyria cutanea tarda?

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Dr. Cynthia Lu
17 years experience
Poor blood formation: Porphyria cutanea tarda (pct) describes a state where heme formation is poor. Common symptoms for a person exposed to sunlight are peeling fingernails and skin blisters. Exacerbating factors are iron, alcohol, and estrogen. Pct has a strong association with hepatitis c infection.

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