ALLAN M. GOLDMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; MURREL H. KAPLAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The purpose of this paper is to review the recent literature of acute porphyria and to present four additional cases. It is hoped that this will stimulate more interest in the subject, in order that the diagnosis may be made early and treatment instituted promptly with the expectation of improving the prognosis.
Acute porphyria is a disease of disturbed pigment metabolism, constitutional or toxic, characterized by abdominal pain, nervous and mental symptoms, and the excretion of large amounts of porphyrins in the urine. It is stated to be a familial disease, usually inherited as a Mendelian dominant characteristic; and
GOLDMAN AM, KAPLAN MH. ACUTE PORPHYRIA1. Ann Intern Med. ;34:415–427. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-2-415
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;34(2):415-427.
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