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Porphyrins Screen (blood)


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Porphyrins Screen (blood)

About this test

Porphyria is an inherited disorder in which the body produces too much of the chemical porphyrin. Porphyrin is essential to make the part of blood that carries oxygen (Haem). Any circulating porphyrin the body doesn't use is excreted in urine and stool.

When the body produces and excretes too much porphyrin, as happens with porphyria, not enough haem remains to keep a person healthy. Porphyria affects either the nervous system or the skin.

Attacks can be triggered by drugs (barbiturates, tranquillisers, contraceptive pills, sedatives) as well as chemicals, certain foods, and exposure to the sun.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Blood, urine, stool sample collection kit

We will send you your Porphyrins Screen (blood) blood, urine, stool test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.

Postage & packaging

Your Porphyrins Screen (blood) test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood, urine, stool sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood, urine, stool sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Private laboratory analysis

Your blood, urine, stool sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood, urine, stool test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Porphyrins Screen (blood) test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account with

Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Porphyrins Screen (blood) test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your test results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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