ahp: the right diagnosis is the only way out

Acute hepatic porphyria (AHP) is a rare condition characterized by acute, potentially life-threatening attacks and, for some patients, chronic, debilitating symptoms. AHP may inflict years of suffering and impaired quality of life. The symptoms of AHP can often resemble those of other more common conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, and endometriosis, and consequently, patients afflicted with AHP are often misdiagnosed or remain undiagnosed for up to 15 years.1-5