JAN WALDENSTRÖM; BIRGITTA HAEGER
The porphyrias belong to the group of diseases that have been called inborn errors of metabolism. So-called congenital or erythropoietic1 porphyria with severe light sensitivity is probably inherited as a recessive trait in man, and is certainly recessive in cattle.2 Acute intermittent porphyria is a dominant character.3, 4 Dean and Barnes5, 6 in South Africa have reported a familial incidence of patients showing light sensitivity, together with abdominal symptoms and sometimes with neurologic lesions—a clinical picture similar to acute intermittent porphyria combined with light sensitivity. They have shown that this symptom complex is obviously inherited dominantly.
The present author (J.W.)
WALDENSTRÖM J, HAEGER B. THE LIVER IN PORPHYRIA CUTANEA TARDA1. Ann Intern Med. 1960;53:286–292. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-53-2-286
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;53(2):286-292.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Liver Disease.
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