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Porphyria is diagnosed through blood, urine, and stool tests, especially at or near the time of symptoms.
Porphyria is a group of disorders—the porphyrias—that affect the nervous system or skin, or both. Each type of porphyria results from a deficiency of one of the enzymes needed to make heme.
The signs and symptoms of porphyria vary among types. Some types of porphyria cause the skin to become overly sensitive to sunlight. Sudden painful skin redness and swelling may also occur.
Porphyrias is caused by a specific abnormality in the heme production process. The treatment for porphyria may involve treating with heme, giving medicines to relieve the symptoms, or drawing blood.
The risk factors of porphyria are chemicals, smoking, drinking alcohol, infections, emotional and physical stress, etc.
Most of the porphyrias are inherited conditions. The genes for all the enzymes in the heme pathway have been identified.
The common types of porphyria are acute and cutaneous porphyrias.