Acute Porphyrias

A health care provider treats acute porphyrias with heme or glucose loading to decrease the liverís production of porphyrins and porphyrin precursors. A patient receives heme intravenously once a day for 4 days. Glucose loading involves giving a patient ...1

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Symptoms of Acute Porphyrias

Approximately 80-90% of individuals who carry a gene mutation remain asymptomatic, and others may have only one or a few acute attacks throughout life. The most frequent symptom is severe abdominal pain and is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting ...2

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Complications of Acute Porphyrias

Will acute porphyria affect my thinking and memory? Generally, the acute porphyrias do not affect thinking and memory long term; these can be affected when someone is having an acute attack. Someone with acute porphyria may also experience some neurological effects ...3

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Causes List for Acute Porphyrias

Some possible causes of Acute Porphyrias or similar disorders may include:4

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Types of Acute Porphyrias

The Acute Porphyrias: There are four types of acute porphyrias; acute intermittent porphyria (AIP), hereditary coproporphyria (HCP), variegate porphyria (VP), and ?-aminolevulinic acid dehydratase porphyria (ADP), and they have similar symptoms. ...Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH)5 ...

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Treatments: Acute Porphyrias

Should doctors be informed that an individual has acute porphyria, even if it is latent? Yes! The diagnosis of porphyria is always an important item of medical information, even when there are no symptoms. It may, for example, influence the ...6

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Research for Acute Porphyrias

The cutaneous and acute forms are treated differently. Cure of these genetic diseases awaits the results of ongoing research on the safest and most effective means of gene transfer or correction. ...Source: NCBI, Genes and Disease (NCBI/NIH)7 ...

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  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ health-topics/ liver-disease/ porphyria/ Pages/ facts.aspx
  2. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): cms/ porphyrias/ Learn-More/ Disorder-Definitions
  3. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): cms/ porphyrias/ Learn-More/ FAQs
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): cms/ porphyrias/ Learn-More/ Disorder-Definitions
  6. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): cms/ porphyrias/ Learn-More/ FAQs
  7. Source: NCBI, Genes and Disease (NCBI/NIH): books/ NBK22229/ 

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