What is a porphyria?


The porphyrias are a group of rare inherited or acquired disorders that result from a buildup of natural chemicals that produce porphyrin in your body. Porphyrins are essential for the function of hemoglobin — a protein in your red blood cells that links to porphyrin, binds iron, and carries oxygen to your organs and tissue. High levels of porphyrins can cause significant problems. 20

Porphyria mainly affects your nervous system, skin and other organs.