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Acta Dermatovenerol Alp Pannonica Adriat. 2007 Sep;16(3):99-102, 104.

Erythropoietic protoporphyria patients in Slovenia.

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Department of Dermatology and Venerology, University Medical Centre, Maribor, Ljubljanska 5, SI- 2000 Maribor, Slovenia. pij.marko@sb-mb.si

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There are only scarce epidemiological data on the prevalence of erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) in a given population. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of EPP within the Slovenian population.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The patients were selected by routine examination of photosensitive patients and by studying hospital records. A quantitative spectrophotometric method was used to assess protoporphyrin, with values larger than 530 nm/l considered elevated.

RESULTS:

32 EPP patients were detected, which allows us to estimate the prevalence of EPP in Slovenia at 1.75 per 100,000 inhabitants.

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17994169
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