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Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

Porphyria Cutanea Tarda: Introduction

Porphyria Cutanea Tarda: A rare metabolic condition involving a deficiency of the enzyme uroporphyrinogen decarboxylase. This results in a buildup of porphyrins in the skin which makes it sensitive to light. Most symptoms tend to primarily affected the areas of skin most exposed to sun e.g. back of hands and arms. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Porphyria Cutanea Tarda is available below.

Symptoms of Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

  • Most cases are asymptomatic
  • Affects mainly sun-exposed skin - especially back of hands and forearms:
  • Increased skin pigmentation on sun-exposed
  • Development of sores from minor injuries
  • Fluid filled blisters
  • more symptoms...»

Treatments for Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

  • Triggering factors such as iron, oestrogen
  • Alcohol and polychlorinated aromatic hydrocarbons (found in some pesticides) should be avoided
  • Limit sun exposure and use sunscreens - tanning creams can also help block some of the sun's effects.
  • Blood may need to be removed (phlebotomy) may be needed to reduce iron levels
  • Antimalarial tablets may be used with care to increase the body's ability to excrete porphyrins
  • more treatments...»

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Porphyria Cutanea Tarda: Complications

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Causes of Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

  • The condition may be inherited or occur sporadically - most cases are sporadic. Environmental factors can trigger symptoms in these predisposed patients.
  • Symptoms can be triggered or exacerbated by:
  • Alcohol
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Liver disease - especially hepatitis C infection
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Less Common Symptoms of Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

  • Hardening of neck skin
  • Hardening of face skin
  • Hardening of chest skin
  • Small patches of permanent loss of hair
  • more symptoms...»

Misdiagnosis and Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

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Prognosis for Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

Prognosis for Porphyria Cutanea Tarda: The condition is chronic and can best be managed by avoiding factors which trigger symptoms or utilizing treatment measures if symptoms do develop. The prognosis depends on how well the patient manages to avoid developing symptoms. The skin manifestations tend to heal slowly and can result in scarring.

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Clinical Trials for Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

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Porphyria Cutanea Tarda is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Porphyria Cutanea Tarda, or a subtype of Porphyria Cutanea Tarda, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Related Porphyria Cutanea Tarda Info

More information about Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

  1. Porphyria Cutanea Tarda: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Complications
  8. Prognosis

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