Canadian Association for Porphyria

Living with Porphyria

What about surgery?

Although there may be a risk of precipitating an acute attack of porphyria when a patient requires surgery, this problem can be either avoided or controlled by the application of preventative measures and the use of appropriate drugs and anaesthetic agents by knowledgeable physicians. However the entire medical team must be conversant with this disease.

Source: This information originally appeared in a booklet written for the Canadian Porphyria Foundation: A Guide to Porphyria (1991) by Dr. Barry A. Tobe, MD, Ph.D, FRCP(C), Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The content has been updated by Dr. Brian M. Gilfix, MDCM, PhD, FRCPC, DABCC, FACB on 22/03/2015.

Last Updated: 22/March/2015 

Medical Disclaimer

Care has been taken to ensure that the information on this website is accurate at the time of publication. This information is, however, intended for general guidance only and is not meant to substitute consultation from a recognized health professional. The Canadian Association for Porphyria/Association Canadienne de Porphyrie disclaims for itself and for the author of this information, all responsibility for any mis-statements or for consequences of actions taken by any person while acting on information contained herein. Physicians and patients must make their own decisions about therapy according to the individual circumstances of each case.

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