Acute intermittent porphyria
During attacks, urinary aminolevulinic acid and porphobilinogen levels increase.
Therapy seeks to ease a current attack and begin preventative management.
For more information, see OMIM.
E80.21 – Acute intermittent (hepatic) porphyria
234422006 – Acute intermittent porphyria
- AIP is uncommon and has symptoms that can appear to be from many other causes. Patients are often thought to have psychiatric disturbances leading them to have mental status changes, convulsions, and neuropathy. Other possibilities could be acute viral hepatitis A, B, or C, pheochromocytoma, or panic attack.
- Abdominal pain can appear to be from an acute abdomen, gastroenteritis, diverticulitis, or pancreatitis (acute or chronic).
- Hyponatremia can also result from syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone, polydipsia, or a renal concentrating defect.