Dracula’s Disease


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Oversensitivity to sunlight, painful skin redness and blisters when exposed to sunlight, garlic causing agonizing abdominal pain, receding gums giving the appearance of fangs – sounds familiar? It’s not hard to deduce that these are the characteristics of vampire. These are also the symptoms of Porphyria, a group of genetic disorders that result in a buildup of chemicals called porphyrins produced in the body because of disruption in the heme production. Heme is an iron-rich component of hemoglobin that gives the blood its red color.

This set of rare disorders is not curable but it is managed through regular blood transfusion.

 

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