The earlier the diagnosis, the better

Early, accurate diagnosis of AHP may make a real difference in a person's ability to maintain their quality of life by:

  • Taking steps to manage factors that may trigger attacks
  • Understanding what is happening in their bodies and why
  • Avoiding the complications that can result from misdiagnoses and unnecessary surgeries

Testing for AHP

People who may be experiencing symptoms and suspect AHP can ask their healthcare provider to test for AHP. The two most common techniques a doctor uses to help determine if a person has AHP are a urine test and a genetic test:

URINE TEST

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  • A simple urine test for PBG (porphobilinogen), ALA (aminolevulinic acid), and porphyrin levels can help inform a diagnosis of AHP
  • It is recommended to have a urine test during or shortly after an attack
  • Urine porphyrins should not be used alone to test for AHP, as they can be elevated for several reasons

GENETIC TEST

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  • A genetic test using a blood or saliva sample may help confirm a urine test, determine the specific type of AHP, or help diagnose AHP outside an attack
  • It can rule out AHP if there is not a genetic mutation
  • A genetic test can be useful for family members of people with AHP who want to know if they carry the genetic mutation

GET INFORMATION ABOUT A GENETIC TESTING OPTION

that doctors can request through the Alnylam Act® program for patients meeting certain criteria.

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Nicole discusses her difficult path to diagnosis, and Dr. Angelika Erwin, a porphyria expert, provides information about AHP.

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If you suspect symptoms of AHP, it’s important you talk to your doctor. Taking the symptom questionnaire will help you create a personalized Doctor Discussion Guide, which you can bring with you to your next doctor visit.

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