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Other Names for this Disease
- Porphyria variegate
- Porphyria, South African type
- PPOX deficiency
- Protoporphyrinogen oxidase deficiency
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Variegate porphyria is a form of hepatic porphyria most common in the white South African population. This autosomal dominant disorder may produce acute attacks (as in acute intermittent porphyria) as well as skin photosensitivity. The condition is caused by mutations in the PPOX gene which lead to deficiency of the enzyme protoporphyrinogen oxidase. Acute attacks are managed and may be prevented as in acute intermittent porphyria.
- Variegate Porphyria (VP). American Porphyria Foundation. http://www.porphyriafoundation.com/about-porphyria/types-of-porphyria/VP. Accessed July 19, 2010.
- Porphyria, Variegate. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Porphyria%2C%20Variegate. Accessed July 19, 2010.
- Porphyria. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=porphyria. Accessed July 19, 2010.
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