The cutaneous porphyrias: a review


Dr Gillian M.Murphy E-mail:


Many patients with cutaneous porphyria have curable or controllable disease; untreated porphyria may prove fatal. The genetic defects and mechanisms underlying porphyria are steadily being delineated, treatments have become more appropriate and genetic counselling is now more accurate. A summary of the basic diagnostic features, management and recent advances in the cutaneous porphyrias is presented, based on a workshop held by the British Photodermatology Group.