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Porphyrins are a group of chemicals that help form many important substances in the body, including haemoglobin.
A porphyrins test is used to diagnose porphyrias, which are a group of rare disorders often passed down through family members.
Porphyria is an inherited disorder in which the body produces too much of the chemical porphyrin. Any circulating porphyrin the body doesn't use is excreted in urine and stool.
Porphyria is a term that refers to a group of disorders that affect the nervous system or skin, or both.
Each type of porphyria is due to the deficiency of one of the enzymes needed to make a substance in the body called haeme. Making haeme involves a series of eight different enzymes, each acting in turn.
Haeme is a red pigment composed of iron linked to a chemical called protoporphyrin. Haeme has important functions in the body. The largest amounts of haeme are in the blood and bone marrow in the form of haemoglobin within red blood cells. Haemoglobin gives blood its red color and carries oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body.
In the liver, haeme is a component of proteins that have many functions, including breaking down hormones, drugs, and other chemicals and generating high-energy compounds that keep liver cells alive and functioning normally.
The body makes haeme mostly in the bone marrow and the liver. Each step of the process is controlled by one of eight enzymes. If any one of the enzymes is deficient, the process is disrupted. As a result, porphyrin or its precursors—chemicals formed at earlier steps of the process—may build up in body tissues and cause illness.
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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.
We will send you your Porphyrins (stool) stool test sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your stool sample in the comfort of your own home.
Your Porphyrins (stool) test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your 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 stool sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your 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.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range stool test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Porphyrins (stool) test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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