Porphyria is a fairly uncommon condition. There are seven types of Porphyria. Most of these are inherited but some may be acquired.
All living things including healthy people produce prophyrins. Our bodies convert two simple substances, (
A special protein known as an enzyme completes each step on the pathway to produce Haem. In each type of porphyria, a specific enzyme is deficient, and this is why prophyrins accumulate.