Here's a selection of information from patients & professionals to better understand Porphyria.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers:
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All the porphyrias are due to a specific enzyme(1) defect along the haem biosynthetic pathway (see diagram http://bit.ly/RwRdkt).
The acute porphyrias are metabolic disorders that affect biochem...
Porphyrins are important in the body because they combine with iron to form haem, a red pigment, which, after combining with proteins to form haemoproteins, has the vital function of enabling the b...
They are called porphyrias because they cause accumulation of chemicals called porphyrins (purple-red pigments named from the Greek for purple) or the simpler chemicals, often called “precursors” (...
Altogether there are seven main types of porphyria which are usually classified by what type of illness they cause;
- There are four “acute” porphyrias: acute intermittent porphyria (AIP), varie...