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November 1977

Erythropoietic Porphyria: Two Cases and the Results of Metabolic Alkalinization

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. Dr Stretcher is now in private practice in Spartanburg, SC.

Arch Dermatol. 1977;113(11):1553-1557. doi:10.1001/archderm.1977.01640110073011

• Two previously unreported cases of erythropoietic porphyria are presented. Therapeutic modalities are discussed along with the results of both short- and long-term metabolic alkalinization. Although there was a substantial increase in urinary coproporphyrin excretion during a six- to 8-day period of alkalinization, three months of alkalinization therapy resulted in no substantial depletion of porphyrin stores and both patients continued to have new skin lesions develop, indicating no clinical improvement.

(Arch Dermatol 113:1553-1557, 1977)

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