Author Archives: Steve Bryson PhD

Severe Case of Rare Porphyria, CEP, Diagnosed in Newborn

A rare and severe form of porphyria — congenital erythropoietic porphyria (CEP) — was diagnosed in an infant girl immediately after birth. The case report, “Perinatal onset of severe congenital erythropoietic porphyria,” was published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal & Neonatal.

Stem Cell Transplant Successfully Treats Bone Marrow Porphyrias

A blood stem cell transplant can successfully correct defects in the body’s ability to make heme — a molecule that helps transport oxygen through the bloodstream — in people with bone marrow-based porphyrias, a small study showed. Thus, in patients with severe porphyrias, stem cell transplants should be considered…

Regular Blood Removal Eased CEP Symptoms, Case Report Shows

A woman with the rarest type of porphyria, called congenital erythropoietic porphyria or CEP, was successfully treated by regular blood removal — a procedure called phlebotomy — which lowered her blood iron levels, reduced urinary porphyrins, and eliminated sun-sensitive skin blisters, a case study showed. …