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What's porphyria?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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