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What is porphyria?

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Porphyria is a group of disorders that can cause nerve or skin problems.

A porphyria that affects the skin is called cutaneous porphyria. A porphyria that affects the nervous system is called acute porphyria.

The most common type of porphyria is porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT), which affects the skin. It's also the easiest to treat.

There's no known cure for any type of porphyria.

From: Porphyria WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Human Genome Research Institute: "Learning about Porphyria."

NIH Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network: "Porphyria Overview," "Treatment and Prevention," "Acute Intermittent Porphyria," "Frequently Asked Questions"

American Porphyria Foundation: "Porphyria Cutanea Tarda," "Congenital Erythropoietic Porphyria (CEP)," "Variegate Porphyria (VP)," "Hepatoerythropoietic Porphyria (HEP)," "ALAD-Deficiency Porphyria (ADP)," "About Porphyria."

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Porphyria Cutanea Tarda."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 16, 2017

SOURCES:

National Human Genome Research Institute: "Learning about Porphyria."

NIH Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network: "Porphyria Overview," "Treatment and Prevention," "Acute Intermittent Porphyria," "Frequently Asked Questions"

American Porphyria Foundation: "Porphyria Cutanea Tarda," "Congenital Erythropoietic Porphyria (CEP)," "Variegate Porphyria (VP)," "Hepatoerythropoietic Porphyria (HEP)," "ALAD-Deficiency Porphyria (ADP)," "About Porphyria."

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Porphyria Cutanea Tarda."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 16, 2017

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