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Porphyrins (Blood + Urine + Faeces)

Alias: Porphyria, Porphobilinogen, PBG, ALA,

Discipline: Clinical Chemistry

Test information: Used in the diagnosis and monitoring of Porphyria. A group of disorders involving disturbance in the formation of haem, a component of haemoglobin. Acute Porphyria requires a plain random urine sample, protected from light, taken during an attack as the first line sample. Cutaneous Porphyria, requires blood as the the first line sample. Clinical details are essential and sample should be taken when the patient is symptomatic.

Specimen Type(s)
  • N/A;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Random Urine: plain container/yellow monvette.
Blood: EDTA Whole Blood. Faeces: Plain container.
Sample should be taken when the patient is symptomatic and all samples MUST be protected from light.
Please provide full clinical details.
Specimen Container - Adult
  • N/A;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • N/A;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Full clinical details on symptoms are essential.
Collect samples when patient is symptomatic, and PROTECT SAMPLES FROM LIGHT, for example place tube/pot into an envelope.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Multiple with interpretative report
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 03-05-2024