Hepatic porphyria

Alternative names
Porphyria - hepatic

Definition
Hepatic porphyria is an abnormal increase in pigments or colorings (porphyrins) made in the liver. Signs include abnormal sensitivity to light and pain in the abdomen. This is a hereditary disorder that usually usually develops after hepatitis, heavy metal poisoning, and certain anemias.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 7, 2012
by Mamikon Bozoyan, M.D.

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