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SPET-CT Better Than MRI for Imaging Blood Flow Defects in Brains of CEP Patients, Study Finds

A brain imaging technique called SPET/CT effectively detects mild-to-moderate blood flow defects in patients with congenital erythropieetic porphyria (CEP) and may be superior to  magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, a case study reports. The research, “Brain perfusion defects by SPET/CTand neurostat semiquantitative analysis in two patients with congenital…

Chronic Skin Symptoms May Precede Liver Disease in Erythropoietic Protoporphyria, Case Study Finds

Chronic, undiagnosed skin symptoms may precede liver disease in erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP), the most common type of porphyria in children, a case study reports. The study, “Erythropoietic Protoporphyria: Initial Diagnosis With Cholestatic Liver Disease,” appeared in the journal Pediatrics. EPP patients typically have skin manifestations in…