Acute intermittent porphyria

Diagnosis and Testing

Can minors (children under age 18) have genetic testing for acute intermittent porphyria?

Even though attacks are rare before puberty, children should be offered testing (with consent of their parents). This gives extra time to learn about the condition and what triggers to avoid as the child grows up, if they have the condition. It also allows fast diagnosis and treatment if an attack does occur. Sometimes, preventative treatment for the attacks can be given.

Acute Intermittent Porphyria. Gene Reviews. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1193/)

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