Some claim that Dracula suffered from porphyries: his phobia of light, his hair, his need for blood to survive, his original vision of the world ... So much for literature.
Professor Jean-Charles Deybach is willingly rebelling against this legend invented, unfortunately, especially for patients suffering from this disease.In reality, porphyries are a set of eight rare diseases that affect the liver or bone marrow (where red blood cells are made).
Difficulty with these pathologies: their diagnosis, which can take several years to be asked.
Different types of porphyries
There are different types of porphyria (hepatic, cutaneous, congenital ...) with different symptoms: abdominal pain, nausea, skin lesions ...But the common manifestation of these pathologies is the presence of prohyrins in stools and urine that are dark red.
This special issue focuses on porphyria (and their different types): their causes, symptoms and treatments.
In this article:
> Porphyries: what is it?
> Acute hepatic porphyria
> Porphyria cutaneum
> Congenital erythropoietic porphyria
> Erythropoietic protoporphyria
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Author: Sylvie Charbonnier.
Expert consultant: Professor Jean-Charles Deybach, head of the Rare Diseases Center for Porphyria.