Revista Colombiana de Cirugía
versión impresa ISSN 2011-7582
TORREGROSA, Lilian; AYALA, Juan Carlos; CERVERA, Sergio y VILLA, Carlos Andrés. Acute intermittent porphyria and the surgeon: a diagnostic challenge. Case report and literature review. rev. colomb. cir. [online]. 2011, vol.26, n.2, pp. 131-137. ISSN 2011-7582.
Acute porphyria is an uncommon cause of non surgical acute abdomen. Important is the fact that any surgical intervention could set off an acute attack in particular cases, when the patient has genetical predisposition. We present a case of an acute attack of Intermitent Acute Porphyria triggered by an appendectomy. The patient developed the typical syndrome during the postoperative period, including the abdominal symptoms that imitate an acute abdomen that required a non- therapeutic laparotomy
Palabras llave : porphyrias; porphyria; acute intermittent; aminolevulinic acid; porphobilinogen; abdominal pain; abdomen; acute.