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Acute Hepatic Porphyria
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Last updated:3rd Mar 2021
Published:3rd Mar 2021

Summary

  • 92% of patients with acute hepatic porphyria (AHP) present with severe abdominal pain during attacks.1
  • Patients are often referred to gastroenterologists with abdominal pain of unknown origin, many of whom have been misdiagnosed for many years.2-4
  • A differential diagnosis of AHP should be considered for these patients who are frequently referred with unexplained, chronic, or recurring bouts of abdominal pain.5
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Herbert L. Bonkovsky, MD, is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of Liver Services/Chief, Laboratory for Liver and Metabolic Disorders at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr Bonkovsky is known nationally and internationally as a leading clinical gastroenterologist and hepatologist, teacher, mentor, and clinical investigator. 

He is a valedictory graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, IN and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH. His post-graduate training was at Duke University, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Dartmouth Medical School, and Yale University.

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