Porphyria is a group of metabolic disorders caused by an overaccumulation of the compound porphyrin in the body. Porphyrin plays a role in the function of a red blood cell protein (hemoglobin).


Porphyria affects the nervous system, skin, and other organs. Symptoms vary depending on the specific type.


Treatment depends on the type of porphyria.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017

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