Pronounced: por-fir-E-ahEn Español (Spanish Version)
Porphyria is a group of disorders. The disorders lead to a buildup of porphyrins in the body. Porphyrins help to make a part of the red blood cell. Excess amounts of porphyrins can cause damage to your body. It most often affects the nervous system and skin.
Hemoglobin Transporting Oxygen
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Some porphyria disorders include:
- Acute intermittent porphyria
- Porphyria cutanea tarda
- Erythropoietic protoporphyria
- Congenital erythropoietic protoporphyria—present from birth
Last reviewedMay 2014by Kari Kassir, MD
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