Rhabdomyolysis in a patient with acute intermittent porphyria

Ann Clin Biochem 2004;41:341-343
doi:10.1258/0004563041201563
© 2004 Royal Society of Medicine

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Joanne T Marsden and
Timothy J Peters


Supraregional Assay Service for Porphyrins and the Porphyrias, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, King’s College Hospital, London, SE5 9RS, UK;
Supraregional Assay Service for Porphyrins and the Porphyrias, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, King’s College Hospital, London, SE5 9RS, UK

There are several conditions associated with rhabdomyolysis,such as direct muscle injury, viral infections, metabolic disordersand toxic effects from ingestion of drugs such as alcohol, opiates,cocaine or heroin. We report on a patient who was admitted tothe accident and emergency unit with a clinical presentationof rhabdomyolysis and acute intermittent porphyria.

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