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Case Reports in Nephrology - Volume 2017 2017, Article ID 4591871, 4 pages - https:-doi.org-10.1155-2017-4591871

Case Report

Hemodialysis Unit Diaverum Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa, Lisbon, Portugal

Department of Dermatology, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Norte, Lisbon, Portugal

Correspondence should be addressed to Natacha Rodrigues

Received 16 November 2016; Accepted 5 January 2017; Published 22 January 2017

Academic Editor: David Mudge

Copyright © 2017 Natacha Rodrigues et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Porphyria cutanea tarda PCT is a rare disease, with a strong association with hepatitis C virus. PCT is particularly problematic in end-stage renal disease patients as they have no renal excretion of porphyrins and these are poorly dialyzed. Also, conventional treatment of PCT is compromised in these patients as hydroxychloroquine is contraindicated, phlebotomies with the stipulated frequency are poorly tolerated in already anaemia-prone patients, and iron-chelating agents are less efficient in removing iron and contribute to worsening anaemia. The authors report a patient on haemodialysis, with hepatitis C infection, that is diagnosed with PCT. Despite the good clinical results with deferoxamine, she became dependent on blood transfusions because of her ferropenic state. Every time oxide iron was started, the patient developed clinical features of the disease, resolving after the suspension of the drug. A decision was made to start the patient on ferric carboxymaltose, which was well tolerated without disease symptoms and need of further blood transfusions. This case suggests that deferoxamine is efficient in treatment of porphyria cutanea tarda. Also, ferric carboxymaltose may be a valuable option for refractory anaemia in patients with this disease and end-stage renal disease, as it seems to provide iron without clinical relapse of the disease.

Autor: Natacha Rodrigues, Fernando Caeiro, Alice Santana, Teresa Mendes, and Leonor Lopes

Fuente: https://www.hindawi.com/


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