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Other Names for this Disease
- Porphyria variegate
- Porphyria, South African type
- PPOX deficiency
- Protoporphyrinogen oxidase deficiency
Episodes of acute variegate porphyria can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, and diarrhea. During an episode, a person may also experience muscle weakness, seizures, fever, and mental changes such as anxiety and hallucinations. Individuals with variegate porphyria may also develop cutaneous symptoms, including skin photosensitivity.
Last updated: 7/19/2010
- Porphyria. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). 2009; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=porphyria. Accessed 7/19/2010.