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Chronic Porphyria Underlying Cause

Porphyria cutanea tarda is an inherited disease that causes abnormally high levels of porphyrins in the bloodstream. Porphyrins are molecules that the body uses to make hemoglobin. Enzymes help the body make hemoglobin out of porphyrins. In those with porphyria cutanea tarda, the body does not make enough of one of the enzymes, which slows the production of hemoglobin and results in a buildup of porphyrin in the bloodstream.

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Last Updated: Jul 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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