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CASE REPORT
Year : 2006  |  Volume : 48  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 189-192

An analysis of six cases of acute intermittent porphyria (AIP)


1 Department of Psychiatry, Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh, Assam, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Silchar Medical College, Silchar, Assam, India

Correspondence Address:
Soumitra Ghosh
Department of Psychiatry, Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh 786002, Assam
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.31584

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This analysis describes the diagnosis and psychiatric treatment modalities of 6 patients (5 women, 1 man; mean age 28.5 years) of acute intermittent porphyria (AIP), who presented to the Psychiatry OPD over a period of one year. The mean number of episodes was 2.83. Premorbid personality traits, clinical presentation, urine colour and urinary porphobilinogen titre were recorded. Among the 6 patients, 4 had abdominal pain, 5 had autonomic instability, all 6 had mental symptoms, 3 had depression, 2 came in delirium, and 3 had an episode of seizure.



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