Introduction: Porphyria


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Porphyria: Rare genetic condition affecting nerves or skin.

Porphyria: Porphyria is a disorder in which the body produces too much of the chemical porphyrin. Porphyrin is used to make heme, the part of blood that carries oxygen. Heme also gives blood its color. Any circulating porphyrin the body doesn't use is excreted in urine and stool. When the body produces and excretes too much porphyrin, as happens with porphyria, not enough heme remains to keep a person healthy. 1

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Treatments for Porphyria: Various information is available about treatments available for Porphyria, or research treatments for other diseases.

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1. excerpt from Porphyria: NIDDK

Last revision: June 10, 2003

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