How is schizophrenia differentiated from porphyrias?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Porphyrias are disorders of heme biosynthesis. Acute intermittent porphyria can present with psychiatric symptoms. Patients may have a family history of psychosis. The psychiatric symptoms may be associated with electrolyte changes, peripheral neuropathy, and episodic severe abdominal pain. Abnormally high levels of porphyrins in a 24-hour urine collection confirm the diagnosis.


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