Porphyria (cont.)

How is porphyria diagnosed?

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Doctors diagnose porphyria using blood, urine, and stool tests. Interpreting test results can be complex, and initial tests may be followed by further testing to confirm the diagnosis. Diagnosis may be delayed because the symptoms of porphyria are similar to symptoms of other disorders.

How is porphyria treated?

Each type of porphyria is treated differently. Treatment may involve avoiding triggers, receiving heme through a vein, taking medicines to relieve symptoms, or having blood drawn to reduce iron in the body. People who have severe attacks may need to be hospitalized.

Medically reviewed by Jeffrey A Gordon, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialties in Oncology and Hematology

REFERENCE:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). "Porphyria." National Institutes of Health (NIH). July 2008. <http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/porphyria/>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/3/2014

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