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The cutaneous porphyrias: a review

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Dr Gillian M.Murphy E-mail: gillian@iol.ie

Abstract

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.

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