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Signs of Porphyria

Symptoms of Porphyria

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Porphyria may include:

Note that Porphyria symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Porphyria signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Porphyria:

Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology (Excerpt)

When heme production is faulty, porphyrins are overproduced and lend a reddish-purple color to urine.

The cutaneous porphyrias cause sun sensitivity, with blistering typically on the face, back of the hands, and other sun-exposed areas. The most common of these is porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT). Triggering factors are alcohol use, estrogen, iron, and liver disease, particularly hepatitis C.

The acute porphyrias typically cause abdominal pain and nausea. Some patients have personality changes and seizures at the outset. With time the illness can involve weakness in many different muscles. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

Porphyria: NIDDK (Excerpt)

Porphyria affects either the nervous system or the skin. When porphyria affects the nervous system, it can cause chest pain, abdominal pain, muscle cramps, weakness, hallucinations, seizures, purple-red-colored urine, or mental disorders like depression, anxiety, and paranoia. When porphyria affects the skin, blisters, itching, swelling, and sensitivity to the sun can result. (Source: excerpt from Porphyria: NIDDK)

More Symptoms of Porphyria:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Porphyria article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

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What are the signs of Porphyria?

The phrase "signs of Porphyria" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Porphyria that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Porphyria" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Porphyria.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Porphyria. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Porphyria has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Porphyria signs or Porphyria symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Porphyria may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Porphyria symptoms.


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