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Porphyria cutanea tarda on the hands

Porphyria cutanea tarda on the hands

Overview

Porphyria cutanea tarda can be inherited as a dominant trait or acquired due to liver disease. Sun exposed areas develop blistering (vesicles and bullae), erosions and ulcerations, fragile skin, pigmentary changes, and scarring.

Update Date 3/3/2013

Updated by: Yi-Bin Chen, MD, Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.