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RARE DISEASE DAY IS TODAY

No matter where you are in this world, please share your support and love for all of those who are RARE
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By Dr. Bissell MD & Dr Bruce Wang & Jennifer Lai MD Overview of HCP & VP Facts

Hereditary CoproporphyriaD Montgomery Bissell, MD, Bruce Wang, MD, and Jennifer Lai, MD. Initial Posting: December 13, 2012; Last Update: July 1, 2015. Summary Clinical characteristics. Hereditary coproporphyria (HCP) is an acute (hepatic) porphyria in which the acute symptoms are neurovisceral and occur in discrete episodes. Attacks typically start in the abdomen with low-grade pain that slowly increases over a period of days (not hours) with nausea progressing to vomiting. In some individuals, the pain is predominantly in the back or extremities. When an acute attack is untreated, a motor neuropathy may develop over a period of days or a few weeks. The neuropathy first appears as weakness proximally in the arms and legs, then progresses distally to involve the hands and feet. Some individuals experience respiratory insufficiency due to loss of innervation of the diaphragm and muscles of respiration. Acute attacks are associated commonly with use of certain me…