Why Test Levels of Porphyrins?
The porphyrins profile measures the levels of various porphyrins in a patient’s urine. Porphyrins are a group of natural compounds that play a crucial role in the production of heme, a component of hemoglobin that carries oxygen in the blood.
The profile includes markers that are intermediates in the heme synthesis pathway. Abnormal levels of these porphyrins can indicate a number of different disorders, including porphyrias, lead poisoning, liver diseases, and certain types of cancers.
Porphyrins testing can help diagnose and monitor the progression of these disorders, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. The results of the test can provide important information for practitioners to make accurate diagnoses and develop personalized treatment plans for their patients.
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The Porphyrin Profile measures six key markers for a comprehensive assessment of porphyrin levels:
- Coproporphyrin I and III (CP)
- Heptacarboxy (7-CP)
- Hexacarboxy (6-CP)
- Pentacarboxy (5-CP)
- Precoproporphyrin (PreCP)
- Uroporphyrins (UP)
The Porphyrins test report can provide important information for practitioners to make accurate diagnoses and develop personalized treatment plans for their patients.
Test Prep and Instructions
MosaicDX offers patient-friendly sample collection kits that simplify testing. Our kits include visual, step-by-step instructions for test preparation and sample collection, personalized shipping cards, and pediatric collection bags if needed. With MosaicDX, patients can easily collect samples for testing with confidence and accuracy.
The Porphyrins test instructions below is a companion to the urine collection instructions as the Porphyrins test requires an additional component.
Related Symptoms and Conditions
There are a number of symptoms and conditions associated with abnormal porphyrin levels:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, & Constipation
- Neurological Symptoms
- Muscle Weakness
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Hepatocellular Carcinoma
- Liver Disease
- Certain Skin Cancers
- Heavy Metal Poisoning