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02 Mar 2004

Porphyria Variegate
I have tested postive for Porphyria Variegate (acute porphyria). Please could you tell me more regarding this disease (it is genetic as my mother and uncle have the Porphyria that affects the skin - non acute Porphyria). Also is there a specialist who deals with Porphyria in JHB that I could see?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear J

Unfortunately I do not know of a expert in JHB that deals with VP, but I am sure any dermatologist will be able to help you with clinical management. Variegate Porphyria is transmitted in an autosomal dominant fashion in families which means that 50% of offspring are at risk of inheriting the gene defect. The good news is that up to 80% of people who inherit the gene defect never develop any symptoms of VP. By staying out of the sun as far as possible and avoiding other precipitating factors that may cause expression of the gene defect you can lead a normal life.

Regards, Maritha
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