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Porphyria, what is the difference between epp, cep and pct?

Porphyria, what is the difference between epp, cep and pct?

Porphyria types: The difference between porphyria types is the deficiency of different enzymes involved in heme biosynthesis. ...Read more

Dr. Aletha Tippett
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Porphyria (Definition)

The porphyrias are metabolic disorders caused by abnormalities in the synthesis of heme, the portion of hemoglobin which carries the iron inside red blood cells. The manifestations of porphyria vary considerably depending on the mutation involved, ranging from light sensitivity to liver failure to nerve damage to bouts of terrible pain. Special testing is required to ...Read more


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What are the differences between porphyria and aip (acute intermittent porphyria)?

Classification: Porphyria is a general term for a host of conditions, and acute intermittent porphyria is a variety of a more common variation in this disease category. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the difference between porphyria and aip (acute intermittent porphyria)?

See below: Please consult this site for an explanation of this group of disorders. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/porphyria/basics/definition/con-20028849 ...Read more

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What is the difference between jaundice and porphyrias?

What is the difference between jaundice and porphyrias?

Totally different: Jaundice pertains to liver disease and porphyrias are disorders resulting from abnormalities in hemoglobin synthesis. Where did this question come from? ...Read more

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What's porphyria?

What's  porphyria?

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; it blisters and scars sun-exposed skin. Other porphyrias masquerade as abdominal pain, mental illness, constipation, low sodium, and chronic nerve pain -- and screening tests are often done wrong. Good luck. ...Read more

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How does one get porphyria?

How does one get porphyria?

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, alcohol, or low calorie diets. Medications that cause include but are not limited to barbiturates, anticonvulsants, estrogens, oral contraceptives, or even supplements (chromium for example). ...Read more

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Can men have acute porphyria?

Can men have acute porphyria?

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 cycle. ...Read more

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What cause a porphyria attack?

What cause a porphyria attack?

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 (barbiturates, sulfa antibiotics) phenytoin; progesterone; sun exposure; increased iron intake; chronic viral illness (hcv, hiv); stress (illness, emotional/ psycho-logical, physical); dieting/fasting. http://www.porphyriafoundation.com/ for more info. ...Read more

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Can porphyria improve with age?

Can porphyria improve with age?

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 life. Acquired porphyria can improve with removal of the triggering causes. ...Read more

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