The cutaneous porphyrias: a review. The British Photodermatology Group

Br J Dermatol. 1999 Apr;140(4):573-81. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2133.1999.02754.x.


Many patients with cutaneous porphyria have curable or controllable disease; untreated porphyria may prove fatal. The genetic defects and mechanisms underlying porphyria are steadily being delineated, treatments have become more appropriate and genetic counselling is now more accurate. A summary of the basic diagnostic features, management and recent advances in the cutaneous porphyrias is presented, based on a workshop held by the British Photodermatology Group.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda / diagnosis
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda / genetics
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda / therapy
  • Porphyria, Erythropoietic / diagnosis
  • Porphyria, Erythropoietic / genetics
  • Porphyria, Erythropoietic / therapy
  • Porphyria, Hepatoerythropoietic / diagnosis
  • Porphyria, Hepatoerythropoietic / genetics
  • Porphyria, Hepatoerythropoietic / therapy
  • Porphyrias / diagnosis*
  • Porphyrias / genetics
  • Porphyrias / therapy