The porphyrias

Teague A. Dombeck, Robert Charles Satonik

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In summary, the porphyrias are a group of disorders involving enzymatic defects in heme synthesis. The signs and symptoms characteristic of porphyria are primarily neurovisceral and photocutaneous. Although encounters with these patients are rare, emergency physicians should simply consider porphyria in their differential diagnosis in particular patients to avoid unnecessary morbidity and mortality. These particularities include patients with longstanding histories of undiagnosed abdominal pain, autonomic dysfunction, musculoskeletal complaints, and photosensitivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)885-899
Number of pages15
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Issue number3 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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