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Posted by: Tk | 2007/05/23

porphyria and childbirth

Can a caeserian section with pethadine, spinal tap and nitrogen gas after 24 hours of labour cause an onset of porphyria? Dark red blood for 2 days after operation occured and utter delirium.

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No this would not cause porphyria. If you have porphyria, certain medications can precipitate an acute attack.

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