Porphyria is a group of rare disorders that lead to a buildup of chemicals called porphyrins in the body. Porphyrins help to make a part of the red blood cell. Excess amounts can cause damage to the body.
These disorders are divided into two groups. The acute types affect the nervous system. The cutaneous types affect the skin.
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Porphyria. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/liver-disease/porphyria. Accessed March 2, 2021.
Porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/porphyria-cutanea-tarda-pct. Accessed March 2, 2021.
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