Resident Rounds. Part II: Distinguishing Porphyria Disorders: Biochemical Markers and Associated Findings

February 2013 | Volume 12 | Issue 2 | Features | 220 | Copyright © February 2013

James L. Griffith Jr. MS and Robert Bacigalupi MD

Department of Dermatology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Porphyria disorders are rare entities, which often share common findings. Therefore, we created a diagram and a table to briefly summarize the heme biosynthesis pathway and significant features of the 9 porphyrias and 1 pseudoporphyria.
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