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A woman was incorrectly diagnosed with epilepsy, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, insomnia, eczema, cirrhosis and allergy to cats. It was many years before she was correctly diagnosed with variegate porphyria. It is considered rare but this is probably more due to the fact that it is often overlooked and misdiagnosed. There is no cure but symptoms can be alleviated by avoiding sunlight, a strict diet and avoiding physical contact with a range of chemicals such as newspaper ink.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Journal Times
About: Woman misdiagnosed with 7 conditions before the real culprit of her disabling symptoms was discovered
Date: 14 June 2003
Source: The Journal Times
Author: Marci Laehr
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