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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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ERAZO-NARVAEZ, Andrés Felipe; ERAZO, Marlin Sirley  and  ZAMORA-BASTIDAS, Tomas Omar. Acute intermittent porphyria as a trigger for Guillain-Barré Syndrome. [online]. 2019, vol.67, n.2, pp.349-355. ISSN 0120-0011.


Porphyria is a group of metabolic diseases whose physiopathological basis is the accumulation of toxic precursors. Its clinical similarity to diseases such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome may delay diagnosis, increasing the possibility of complications.

Case presentation:

Female patient who presented nonspecific symptoms of porphyria and Guillain-Barré syndrome. The woman was comprehensively assessed and treated for both conditions, and had an unusual response.


The atypical pharmacological response found and the cause-effect relationship between both entities is explained by their physiopathological processes and the immune response triggered by them.

Keywords : Hemin; Porphyrias; Polyneuropathies; Guillain-Barre Syndrome; Abdominal Pain (MeSH).

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