hereditary coproporphyriamedical dictionary

<haematology> A group of metabolic disorders that result from a disturbance in porphyrin metabolism, causing increased formation and excretion of porphyrin or its precursors.

Acute intermittent porphyria is a rare inherited form that can result in abdominal pain, photosensitivity and neurological disturbances. The various forms can be differentiated measuring various blood prophyrins.

Inheritance: autosomal dominant.

(27 Sep 1997)