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Sequence Of Symptoms Of Porphyria
See below: Porphyrias involve three major symptoms: •abdominal pain or cramping (only in some forms of the disease) •light sensitivity causing rashes, blistering, and scarring of the skin (photodermatitis) •problems with the nervous system and muscles (seizures, mental disturbances, nerve damage). ...Read more
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
What is “latent” porphyria? if my doctor told me that I have “latent” porphyria, does this mean that I will never have any symptoms?
Porphyria: It depends on what type of porphyria we're talking about. Some porphyrias can be dangerous, and some can be hereditary so you need to be more specific about what type you're worried about so that you can get appropriate advice from your physician. Lots of information can be found on the website for the american porphyria foundation at www.Porphyriafoundation.Com. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you have to have abdominal pain if you have acute intermittent porphyria? What are all the symptoms?
It's a mix: Acute intermitent porphyria should be suspected when mental illness, bad constipation, abdominal pain, low sodium, or a neuropathy are found without obvious explanation. Any one of these should trigger suspicion. The tests are often done wrong because of problems with collecting the specimens. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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