Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is a condition that can cause sudden, severe attacks of stomach pain that may last for a days to weeks. It is called a porphyria because substances called porphyrins build up in the body and can cause the symptoms. Porphyrins are normally used by the body to help cells use oxygen. In AIP, people may also experience mental changes in attacks of acute intermittent porphyria that can include insomnia or difficulty sleeping, anxiety, depression, hallucinations, confusion, paranoia, and amnesia or memory loss.. To understand more about AIP from someone who has the condition, watch this video from the American Porphyria Foundation.. ...
We report a case of early onset recurrent preeclampsia in a patient with positive family history of preeclampsia and a newly discovered acute intermittent porphyria. A 28 years old patient was admitted to our Clinic, due to early onset of preeclampsia in her third pregnancy. She had refractory hypertension with tachycardia, facial flush, anxiety and difficulty in breathing. During hospitalization, she reported occurrence of opalescent orange to reddish morning urine, which turned dark after a while. The dipstick test revealed positive urobilinogen in the urine. The same sample of urine was tested for porphobilinogens in the urine (by the use of Ehrlichs reagent) which were found positive and also porphyrins which were found negative; therefore, her medication was switched to a beta blocker. She decided to terminate pregnancy and this was done in the next few days by the use of anesthetics that are approved for acute intermittent porphyria. At her check up one month after delivery, her blood ...
Acute Intermittent porphyria (AIP) is a rare genetic disease which is caused by mutations in the porphobilinogen deaminase (PBGD) gene; one of the enzymes of the heme biosynthesis pathway. Mutations in this gene cause insufficient activity of the protein resulting in partially disruption of heme synthesis. This in turn leads to accumulation of toxic intermediates (ALA and PBG) giving rise to a wide variety of problems including acute, severe abdominal pains, psychiatric and neurological disorders, and muscular weakness. Acute porphyric attacks can be life-threatening and the long-term consequences include irreversible nerve damage, liver cancer and kidney failure. Currently, the only curative therapy is liver transplantation and thus, new curative options are urgently needed. Severe AIP patients are suffering poor quality of life with palliative treatments for the different symptoms including glucose or heme infusions for metabolic replacement and inhibition of toxic metabolic production.. About ...
Acute intermittent porphyria is an inborn error of metabolism characterized by the excretion of excess porphyrin precursors (porphobilinogen and usually δ-aminolevulinic acid) in the urine, and by sporadic attacks of neurologic dysfunction. The disease is complex, involving variable patterns of autonomic and peripheral neuropathy as well as central nervous system manifestations. There may be alterations in carbohydrate, lipid, water, and electrolyte metabolism in addition to clinically inapparent endocrine abnormalities. The fundamental defect is thought to be a 50% decrease of uroporphyrinogen I synthetase, the third enzyme of the heme biosynthetic pathway. This is associated with a marked increase of hepatic δ-aminolevulinic acid synthetase, the first and rate controlling enzyme of the pathway. The measurement of uroporphyrinogen I synthetase in erythrocytes now provides an enzyme diagnostic test for the disease. Two therapeutic approaches that may prove to reverse the fundamental disease ...
Scientists within the European research project AIPgene have developed a new gene therapy for Acute Intermittent Porphyria (AIP).
A genetic survey which was carried out on 11 affected families with acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) confirmed autosomal dominant mode of transmission.
Acute intermittent porphyria may present with symptoms and signs such as recurrent intermittent abdominal pain, peripheral neuropathy, hyporeflexia, hallucinations and blurred vision as well as neuropsychiatric signs.
So Alone : A true, personal story from the experience, I Have Acute Intermittent Porphyria. As I lay here wondering how my life went from perfect ( for me) to this! How did I go from an able bodied mom and wife? I worked, cleaned and had dinner on the table when my husband got home. I was th...
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Another name for Acute Porphyria is Acute Intermittent Porphyria. Episodes of acute intermittent porphyria may be prevented by eating a special diet, ...
Acute Intermittent Porphyria. Abdominal pain is the most common complaint in acute intermittent porphyria. In addition, some of the following symptoms occur with varying frequency: pain in the arms and leg, generalized weakness, vomiting, confusion, constipation, tachycardia, fluctuating blood pressure, urinary retention, psychosis, hallucinations, and seizures. The muscle weakness may progress to respiratory paralysis, necessitating artificial respiration. Porphobilinogen is elevated during the attack but may be consistently high in some patients. Urine may exhibit a purple-red color. Unlike other forms of porphyria, sun sensitivity is not present in this type.. Variegate Porphyria. Variegate porphyria is characterized by abrasions, blisters, and erosions of the skin which are commonly seen during the second and third decade. These lesions tend to heal slowly, often leaving pigmented or slightly depressed scars. The patients experience sensitivity to light and fragility of skin exposed to the ...
The present study was carried out in five cases of hepatic porphyria, including three of acute intermittent porphyria, one of variegate porphyria, and one of porphyria cutanea tarda in clinical remission. In two cases of acute intermittent porphyria (in relapse), a marked lowering effect on serum and urine porphobilinogen and δ-aminolevulinic acid was observed, together with prompt and gratifying clinical improvement. In a third case, in chemical remission but with longstanding psychoneurosis, no significant effects were noted, nor were any observed in the case of porphyria cutanea tarda. Although clinical improvements occurred in the case of variegate porphyria, the results were inconclusive for reasons given. Hematin was generally well tolerated. Preliminary reference is made to a transitory renal injury, without sequelae, where an excess of hematin was given in relation to time. Limits of tolerance are proposed. In the light of these observations the basic mechanism of the acute attack is ...
Abstract. Serum concentrations of ALA and PBG have been measured in normal subjects, patients with AIP, and lead workers. Both porphyrin precursors are signifi
Treatment. The treatment of AIP is directed toward the specific symptoms that are apparent in each individual. Treatment may require the coordinated efforts of a team of specialists. Pediatricians, neurologists, hematologists, hepatologists, psychiatrists, and other healthcare professionals may need to systematically and comprehensively plan an affected patients treatment. Genetic counseling may benefit affected individuals and their families.. The objective of treatment is to manage symptoms, prevent complications and to suppress heme creation (synthesis) in the liver with hematin, which reduces the production of porphyrin precursors. Initial treatment steps also include stopping any medications that can potentially worsen AIP or cause an attack and ensuring proper caloric intake, which can include intravenous infusion of sufficient nutrients (glucose and salt). Carbohydrate loading in conjunction with good pain medication may be sufficient for mild attacks.. An acute neurovisceral attack ...
1. 3-Ethyl-5-hydroxy-4,5-dimethyl-Δ3-pyrrolin-2-one (HPL, mauve factor) was determined quantitatively in the urine of schizophrenic, general medical and porphyric subjects by a sensitive gas/liquid-chromatographic method using a nitrogen-specific detector.. 2. A comparative evaluation with previously used methods for HPL was made and some problems of specificity are discussed.. 3. The concentration of HPL in early morning and spot samples of urine from 146 subjects with schizophrenia was not greater than that in 42 general medical patients, contrary to previous reports.. 4. Of the three patients with acute intermittent porphyria, two excreted HPL. One subject, studied over a 2 year period, did so intermittently in a manner unrelated to her attacks of porphyria.. 5. It is concluded that the urine content of HPL is unlikely to be causally related to schizophrenia or to the clinical manifestations of acute intermittent porphyria. ...
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In South Africa, the most frequent causes of the acute attack of both variegate porphyria (VP) and acute intermittent porphyria (AIP). It is important to test for both. It is essential to submit both urine and blood and not blood alone, since it is only by testing urine for the presence of ALA and PBG that one can confirm the presence of an acute attack, or even make a diagnosis of AIP.. Step 1: Confirm the presence of an acute attack. A urine sample should be screened for the presence of PBG. Urine must therefore be sent to laboratory with an assist expertise as soon as possible. a screening test for PBG is a simple test which can easily be performed as a side-ward investigation if one has access to the reagent (Ehrlichs aldehyde). The technique is set out in the following page: Simple Screening Test for the Acute Attack.. Step 2: Define the type of porphyria and measure its severity. ALA, PBG and porphyrin concentrations should be measured in urine by chromatographic analysis. If you do not ...
PBGU : First-order test for evaluation of a suspected acute porphyria: acute intermittent porphyria, hereditary coproporphyria, and variegate porphyria
Labile Hypertension Possible Causes (Differential Diagnoses) include ❗ Labile Hypertension ❗ Acute Intermittent Porphyria ❗ Acute Hepatic Porphyria ❗ Check more at Symptoma.com
How did writing this book change you?. I started to drink coffee and booze for the first time in my adult life during the writing of this book. There isnt a direct correlation-the book didnt drive me to drink-but it feels connected. Im a bit embarrassed to admit I never regularly drank coffee or alcohol until I was 45-an age when many friends are cutting back on both-but its true. I started when my husband and I were separated for six months in 2013, and I was feeling a little reckless, a little wild. Part of the reason I hadnt imbibed for most of my adult life is that for many years, I thought I had acute intermittent porphyria, a genetic metabolic disorder with a long list of contraindications, including alcohol, and my mother, who was working on a documentary about porphyria and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome at the time of her death (a documentary named The Art of Misdiagnosis, whose title I stole for my memoir, a documentary I transcribed and wove in to my memoir) had me convinced a glass of ...
acute intermittent porphyria: 95% are erythroid type & 5% non-erythroid; blood test for PBG-deaminase will be low in the former but not necessarily in the 5% (but, in just population screening, the vast majority of instances of low PBG-deaminase are not AIP...so a low level is not diagnostic). A 24-hour urine test [CP07-17] collected in opaque container (protect from sunlight), clean catch & without preservative or chemicals, & keep specimen refrigerated (or ice slush in a cooler) at all times and direct lab that it must be kept refrigerated...test for PBG & delta ALA. Unless pain episode VERY remote, eryhtroid AIP should have an elevated urine PBG. Also use this specimen when 24 hour urine porphyrins are tested ...
Psychosis from a general medical condition. Endocrine diseases. Endocrine diseases are the prototype for systemic illnesses that affect the brain and lead to a wide variety of neuropsychiatric symptoms. Thyroid disease in the form of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism (myxedema madness) can be associated with psychosis.18-20 Steroid-producing tumors, located in either the adrenal gland (Cushing disease) or other tissues (eg, ectopic Cushing syndrome from small-cell lung cancer) need to be considered, particularly in cases of refractory psychosis.21,22 Insulinomas can present with an array of psychiatric symptoms, including confusion and bizarre behavior that can be falsely attributed to psychiatric illness.23 A pheochromocytoma is yet another rare hormone-producing tumor that characteristically produces episodic anxiety states but can present with psychosis.24. Metabolic diseases. Among the metabolic disorders, only acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is sufficiently common to be routinely ...
If adverse reactions are of such severity that the drug must be discontinued, the physician must be aware that abrupt discontinuation of any anticonvulsant drug in a responsive epileptic patient may lead to seizures or even status epilepticus with its life-threatening hazards.. The most severe adverse reactions have been observed in the hemopoietic system (see boxed WARNING), the skin, liver, and the cardiovascular system.. The most frequently observed adverse reactions, particularly during the initial phases of therapy, are dizziness, drowsiness, unsteadiness, nausea, and vomiting. To minimize the possibility of such reactions, therapy should be initiated at the low dosage recommended.. The following additional adverse reactions have been reported:. Hemopoietic System: Aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis, pancytopenia, bone marrow depression, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, leukocytosis, eosinophilia, acute intermittent porphyria.. Skin: Pruritic and erythematous rashes, urticaria, toxic epidermal ...
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Thorazine (chlorpromazine) is used for treating nausea, vomiting, nervousness before surgery, acute intermittent porphyria, and tetanus.
Well, my youngest son was getting married and I prayed and prayed I would get through it without an attack. I got sick and was in bed on Wed and Thurs of the week...
PBGD_ : The porphyrias are a group of inherited disorders resulting from enzyme defects in the heme biosynthetic pathway. Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is caused by diminished erythrocyte activity of porphobilinogen deaminase (PBGD), also known as uroporphyrinogen I synthase or hydroxymethylbilane synthase. Onset of AIP typically occurs during puberty or later. Individuals may experience acute episodes of neuropathic symptoms. Common symptoms include severe abdominal pain, peripheral neuropathy, and psychiatric symptoms. Crises may be precipitated by a broad range of medications (including barbiturates and sulfa drugs), alcohol, infection, starvation, heavy metals, and hormonal changes. AIP is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. At-risk family members of patients with a biochemical diagnosis of AIP should undergo appropriate testing. Timely diagnosis is important as acute episodes of AIP can be fatal. Treatment of AIP includes the prevention of symptoms through avoidance of precipitating
Because treatment does not depend on the type of acute porphyria, identification of the specific type is valuable mainly for finding gene carriers among relatives. When the type and mutation are already known from previous testing of relatives, the diagnosis is clear but may be confirmed by gene analysis. Activity of the enzymes ALAD and PBGD in the red blood cells is readily measurable and can be helpful for establishing the diagnosis in ALAD-deficiency porphyria and acute intermittent porphyria, respectively. RBC PBG deaminase levels that are about 50% of normal suggest AIP. If there is no family history to guide the diagnosis, the different forms of acute porphyria are distinguished by characteristic patterns of porphyrin (and precursor) accumulation and excretion in plasma, urine, and stool. When urinalysis reveals increased levels of ALA and PBG, fecal porphyrins may be measured. Fecal porphyrins are usually normal or minimally increased in AIP but elevated in HCP and VP. Often, these ...
Background: Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is an inherited disorder of haem metabolism characterized by life‐threatening acute neurovisceral attacks due to the induction of hepatic δ‐aminolevulinic acid synthase 1 (ALAS1) associated with hydroxymethylbilane synthase (HMBS) deficiency. So far, the treatment of choice is hemin which represses ALAS1. The main issue in the medical care of AIP patients is the occurrence of debilitating recurrent attacks. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine whether chronic hemin administration contributes to the recurrence of acute attacks. Methods: A follow-up study was conducted between 1974 and 2015 and included 602 French AIP patients, of whom 46 had recurrent AIP. Moreover, we studied the hepatic transcriptome, serum proteome, liver macrophage polarization and oxidative and inflammatory profiles of Hmbs−/− mice chronically treated by hemin and extended the investigations to five explanted livers from recurrent AIP patients. Results: The ...
The hepatic porphyrias are a group of rare metabolic disorders, each of which is associated with a specific enzymatic alteration in the haem biosynthesis pathway. In South Africa (SA), a high incidence of variegate porphyria (VP) is seen as a result of a founder effect, but acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is also encountered. The development of acute neurovisceral attacks is related to environmental factors, including medications, hormones and diet. A possible manifestation of a severe attack is rapidly progressing quadriparesis, which may mimic Guillain-Barré syndrome. We present four such cases, highlighting that acute porphyria should be considered in the differential diagnosis of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Three patients presented to Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Pretoria, SA, with progressive quadriparesis, and one to a private hospital with acute abdominal pain followed by rapidly progressive quadriparesis. Two patients had started antiretroviral therapy before the development of symptoms, and
Saint Charles, IL - On October 8 at the 40th Anniversary Chicago Marathon, Nicole Castellano will run to bring attention to a rare disease, Porphyria. Nicole is herself a survivor of this rare illness, with near fatal experiences that beat her down physically and mentally. At the marathon, every step she takes will help support others ailing with Porphyria and all donations received will go towards the American Porphyria Foundation (APF). Since Porphyria is rare, funding from the government is minimal, therefore donations are critical to increase awareness and research for a cure.. Nicole has seen it all and emerged triumphant. From a world class skating athlete, she was reduced to a shadow of her former self due to Acute Intermittent Porphyria, one of at least eight types of this rare disease. She became wheelchair bound unable to walk suffering burning, stabbing pain in her abdomen that was unbearable. She underwent nine abdominal surgeries, including a hysterectomy that wasnt required, that ...
Variegate porphyria, also known by several other names, is an autosomal dominant porphyria that can have acute (severe but usually not long-lasting) symptoms along with symptoms that affect the skin. The disorder results from low levels of the enzyme responsible for the seventh step in heme production. Heme is a vital molecule for all of the bodys organs. It is a component of hemoglobin, the molecule that carries oxygen in the blood. When symptoms occur, they can include acute attacks (similar to acute intermittent porphyria), skin damage, or both. Acute attacks usually begin in adulthood and cause abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation. During an attack, a person may also experience muscle weakness, seizures, and mental changes such as anxiety and hallucinations. These signs and symptoms are triggered by nongenetic factors such as certain drugs, dieting or fasting, certain hormones and stress. Some people with variegate porphyria have skin that is overly sensitive to sunlight ...
Porphyrias are a set of autosomally inherited metabolic disorders that are the result various defects in heme synthesis. Broadly, they can be classified into inducible, and non-inducible forms.. Inducible porphyrias (i.e. Acute Intermittent Porphyria) can present with acute neurological and/or GI symptoms. Patients may have anxiety, confusion, autonomic instability (manifested as hypertension or tachycardia), emesis, and severe abdominal pain. Acute attacks can be precipitated by stress, fasting, dehydration, sepsis, and certain medications, including some meds commonly used in the perioperative period.. ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Heme arginate and the endothelium. T2 - mechanism for its safety in porphyria. AU - Balla, J.. AU - Balla, G.. AU - Kakuk, G.. AU - Nath, K. A.. AU - Jacob, H. S.. AU - Vercellolti, G. M.. PY - 1996. Y1 - 1996. N2 - Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is a potential fatal disease characterized by decreased synthesis of heme and accumulation of porphyrin precursors. Infusion of hematin has proven efficacious, but with considerable vascular side effects such as thrombosis and DIG; in contrast, Finnish investigators have demonstrated that heme arginate (HA) is both effective and non-vasculotoxic. We have previously shown that heme (hemin chloride) serves as a catalytically active iron source, potentiating the oxidation of LDL and sensitizing endotnelial cells (EC) to oxidant injury. EC respond to heme and oxidant challenge by upregulating the cell cytoprotectants, heme oxygenase (HO) and ferritin. We now provide a mechanism that accounts for the relative safety and efficacy exhibited ...
Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) [MIM:176000]: A form of porphyria. Porphyrias are inherited defects in the biosynthesis of heme, resulting in the accumulation and increased excretion of porphyrins or porphyrin precursors. They are classified as erythropoietic or hepatic, depending on whether the enzyme deficiency occurs in red blood cells or in the liver. AIP is an autosomal dominant form of hepatic porphyria characterized by attacks of gastrointestinal disturbances, abdominal colic, with neurological dysfunctions, hypertension, tachycardia and peripheral neuropathy. Most attacks are precipitated by drugs, alcohol, caloric deprivation, infections, or endocrine factors. {ECO:0000269,PubMed:10453740, ECO:0000269,PubMed:10494093, ECO:0000269,PubMed:10502788, ECO:0000269,PubMed:10602775, ECO:0000269,PubMed:10657149, ECO:0000269,PubMed:10782018, ECO:0000269,PubMed:11013452, ECO:0000269,PubMed:11030413, ECO:0000269,PubMed:11399210, ECO:0000269,PubMed:11857754, ECO:0000269,PubMed:12372055, ...
Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) [MIM:176000]: A form of porphyria. Porphyrias are inherited defects in the biosynthesis of heme, resulting in the accumulation and increased excretion of porphyrins or porphyrin precursors. They are classified as erythropoietic or hepatic, depending on whether the enzyme deficiency occurs in red blood cells or in the liver. AIP is an autosomal dominant form of hepatic porphyria characterized by attacks of gastrointestinal disturbances, abdominal colic, with neurological dysfunctions, hypertension, tachycardia and peripheral neuropathy. Most attacks are precipitated by drugs, alcohol, caloric deprivation, infections, or endocrine factors. {ECO:0000269,PubMed:10453740, ECO:0000269,PubMed:10494093, ECO:0000269,PubMed:10502788, ECO:0000269,PubMed:10602775, ECO:0000269,PubMed:10657149, ECO:0000269,PubMed:10782018, ECO:0000269,PubMed:11013452, ECO:0000269,PubMed:11030413, ECO:0000269,PubMed:11399210, ECO:0000269,PubMed:11857754, ECO:0000269,PubMed:12372055, ...
Porphyria is not one simple disorder, but refers to a group of at least eight separate disorders. Although each disorder within the classification of porphyria carries with it its own set of unique characteristics, the one common characteristic shared by all disorders within the classification of porphyria is that they all result from the build-up of chemicals known as porphyrins or porphyrin precursors. The human body produces these chemicals naturally; however, the accumulation of porphyrins or porphyrin precursors is not normal. Porphyria is a rare disorder, afflicting fewer than 200,000 people in the United States with all the forms of porphyria combined. The cause of porphyria is typically genetic in nature and due to a mutated gene. Symptoms of porphyria can vary widely, depending on which of the various porphyrias the patient is afflicted with. Along with a variance of symptoms based on which type of porphyria the patient suffers from, there are also two general types of the disorder: acute and
In general, patients with porphyria have only two major symptoms: the acute attack and skin photosensitivity. It is important to realise that not every porphyria is associated with both problems, and you should be sure in your own mind of which type of porphyria you have and what its possible effects are. The types of porphyria and their effects are outlined below. The acute attack is a serious condition which arises during a time of particularly active porphyrin overproduction, and may follow exposure to a wide range of drugs and medications which stimulate the production of porphyrins. It is felt by the patient as an attack of severe abdominal pain, possibly with nausea, vomiting, constipation and pain in the limbs and back. It may potentially deteriorate into a state of paralysis, and is therefore dangerous. Fortunately however, there is very effective treatment available which will prevent this provided the attack is recognised and treated early.. ...
Treatment of manifestations: Acute attacks are treated by discontinuation of any medications thought to induce attacks, management of dehydration and/or hyponatremia, administration of carbohydrate, and infusion of hematin. Treatment of symptoms and complications should be with medications known to be safe in acute porphyria (see www.drugs-porphyria.org). A minority of affected individuals experience repeat acute attacks, in which case management strategies include suppression of ovulation in females, prophylactic use of hematin, and liver transplantation when attacks and neurologic complications persist despite multiple courses of hematin. Prevention of primary manifestations: Agents or circumstances that may trigger an acute attack (including use of oral contraception in women) are avoided. Suppression of menses using a GnRH agonist (leuprolide, nafarelin, and others) may help CPOX heterozygotes who experience monthly exacerbations. Prevention of secondary complications: In CPOX heterozygotes ...
In all types of Porphyria there are striking increases in porphyrins and/or porphyrin precursors when these conditions are symptomatic. However, even in porphyrias that are inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, there may be no such increases in many family members who carry the abnormal gene. Therefore, tests in addition to those useful in the presence of symptoms must be considered in patients with latent or subclinical disease.
In acute attacks of acute intermittent porphyria, the mainstay of treatment is glucose and heme arginate administration. We present the case of a 58-year-old patient with acute liver failure requiring urgent liver transplantation after erroneous 6-fold overdose of heme arginate during an acute attack. As recommended in the product information, albumin and charcoal were administered and hemodiafiltration was started, which could not prevent acute liver failure, requiring super-urgent liver transplantation after 6 days. The explanted liver showed no preexisting liver cirrhosis, but signs of subacute liver injury and starting regeneration. The patient recovered within a short time. A literature review revealed four poorly documented cases of potential hepatic and/or renal toxicity of hematin or heme arginate. This is the first published case report of acute liver failure requiring super-urgent liver transplantation after accidental heme arginate overdose. The literature and recommendations in case ...
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For the acute Porphyrias, hospitalization is often necessary for acute attacks. Medications for pain, nausea and vomiting, and close observation are generally required with monitoring of salt and water balance. Harmful drugs should be stopped. Attacks are treated with either glucose loading or intravenous administration of hemin (Panhematin®). Attacks can be prevented in many cases by avoiding harmful drugs (Safe/Unsafe Drug Database) and adverse dietary practices (Diet and Nutrition).. The treatment of ALAD Porphyria is directed toward the specific symptoms that are present in each individual. Because there have been so few cases of ALAD Porphyria, there is only limited information on treatment for the disorder.. Avoidance of triggering factors such as alcohol, certain drugs, fasting, and low carbohydrate diets is recommended for affected individuals. The specific drugs that may need to be avoided in one person can differ from the drugs that need to be avoided in another.. Two standard ...
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Arguments are presented which form strong indications of the existence of an acquired type of acute porphyria of which Gunther's haematoporphyria acuta toxica apparently is one form.
Seizures may occur (a) as a manifestation of acute porphyria, where they may be secondary to the hyponatraemia which develops in up 35% of acute attacks or (b) due to a cause unrelated to porphyria. Treatment firstly involves terminating the seizure and then assessing the likely cause and planning the most appropriate therapy. In the case of hyponatraemia this involves slow correction of the electrolyte imbalance by fluid restriction and isotonic or hypertonic saline where necessary.. A major problem in the management of seizures is that many of the commonly used anticonvulsants can precipitate or worsen acute attacks. Therefore where a primary seizure disorder is suspected this should be fully investigated by an epilepsy expert to ensure that treatment is absolutely necessary.. ...
Nutritional changes are increasingly being recognized as factors that can bring about acute attacks of Porphyria. However, harmful drugs (such as barbiturates and sulfonamide antibiotics) and steroid hormones, especially progesterone, are also important. Some women develop attacks during the second half of the menstrual cycle, when progesterone levels are high.. Often an attack is due to a combination of factors rather than to a single one. For example, attacks in women are more likely to occur due to a dietary indiscretion when progesterone levels are high than at other times. A dietary indiscretion also increases the chances that a harmful drug or alcohol will produce an attack. Consideration of the additive effects of many inciting factors has important implications for management of acute Porphyrias. For example, attention should be given to diet and nutrition even in a patient with attacks that seem to be due primarily to a drug or a hormonal fluctuation.. ...