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