Biochemical abnormality in erythropoietic protoporphyria: cause and consequences.


OBJECTIVES Erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) is a genetic disorder in which deficient ferrochelatase (FECH) activity causes the excessive production and excretion of protoporphyrin. This in turn causes the major clinical manifestation of EPP, photosensitivity and, in some patients, hepatobiliary disease that may be severe. The objective of this study was… (More)