Skip navigation

Refine by Type

Porphyrias are a group of genetic disorders caused by problems with how your body makes a substance called heme. Heme is found throughout the body, especially in your blood and bone marrow, where it carries oxygen.

There are two main types of porphyrias. One affects the skin and the other affects the nervous system. People with the skin type develop blisters, itching, and swelling of their skin when it is exposed to sunlight. The nervous system type is called acute porphyria. Symptoms include pain in the chest, abdomen, limbs, or back; muscle numbness, tingling, paralysis, or cramping; vomiting; constipation; and personality changes or mental disorders. These symptoms come and go.

(Read more)
Photograph of test tubes in a tray
Results 1 - 10 of 84 for Porphyria
  1. Porphyria (National Library of Medicine)  
    Porphyrias are a group of genetic disorders caused by problems with how your body makes a substance ... carries oxygen. There are two main types of porphyrias. One affects the skin and the other affects ...
  2. Acute intermittent porphyria; Hereditary coproporphyria; Congenital erythropoietic porphyria; Erythropoietic protoporphyria ... during several steps of this process. Patients with porphyria are lacking certain enzymes needed for this process. ...
  3. Porphyria From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)  
    ... A-Z List of Topics and Titles : Porphyria Porphyria On this page: What are porphyrias? What is ... through Research For More Information Acknowledgments What are porphyrias? Porphyrias are rare disorders that affect mainly the ...
  4. Learning about Porphyria From the National Institutes of Health (National Human Genome Research Institute)  
    ... genetic terms used on this page Learning about Porphyria What is porphyria? What are the signs and ... Porphyria Online Resources for Specific Porphyrias What is porphyria? The porphyrias are a group of different diseases, ...
  5. Genetics Home Reference: Porphyria From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... PubMed Recent literature OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Porphyria On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... names Glossary definitions Reviewed July 2009 What is porphyria? Porphyria is a group of disorders caused by ...
  6. Porphyria Cutanea Tarda and Agent Orange (Department of Veterans Affairs)  
    ... Enter ZIP code here Enter ZIP code here Porphyria Cutanea Tarda and Agent Orange VA presumes porphyria ... 10 percent disabling by VA's rating regulations. About porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT) Porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT) is ...
  7. Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP) (American Porphyria Foundation)  
    ... You are here Home About Porphyria Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP) This is one of the hereditary hepatic ... Stories A Dr. Suffers from AIP (Acute Intermittent Porphyria) Physician, Dr. Lisa Kehrberg who has AIP (Acute ...
  8. Glucose Effect in the Acute Porphyrias (American Porphyria Foundation)  
    ... Diet and Nutrition The glucose effect in acute porphyrias The disorders Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP), Hereditary Coproporphyria ( ...
  9. Porphyria Cutanea Tarda (PCT) (American Porphyria Foundation)  
    ... Art Sale You are here Home About Porphyria Porphyria Cutanea Tarda (PCT) This disease is the most ...
  10. Weight Loss & Acute Porphyria (American Porphyria Foundation)  
    ... About Porphyria Diet and Nutrition Weight loss & acute Porphyria Being overweight is a particular problem in patients ...
previous · 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · next