0
We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
Retry
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
Retry
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Notable Notes |

Porphyria and Vampirism—A Myth, Sensationalized

Eric Laurent Maranda, BS1; Robert Heifetz, BS2; William A. Estes, BS3; Jacqueline Cortizo, BS4; Shahjahan Shareef, BS5; Joaquin J. Jimenez, MD1
[+] Author Affiliations
1Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida
2Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, Florida
3Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Bryan
4Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
5Nova Southeastern University School of Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
JAMA Dermatol. 2016;152(9):975. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2015.6066.
Text Size: A A A
Published online

Extract

Imagine that seated in the waiting room of your office is a pale stranger wearing a flowing black cape. In a halting Slavic accent, he complains of an aversion to sunlight and claims that his condition temporarily improves with ingestion of exogenous blood. While your instinct may be to protect your neck and run for safety, perhaps as his physician the next best step is to perform a urinalysis and hematologic testing!

Porphyria refers to a group of disorders characterized by defects in the biosynthetic pathway of heme, an erythrocyte cofactor essential for oxygen transport. Manifestations of this disease occur secondary to the accumulation of intermediates called porphyrins, which can cause photomutilation in sun-exposed areas of the skin. It was not until the 1980s, however, that porphyrias were first postulated as the inspiration for the myth of vampirism.

Topics

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview

Figures

Tables

References

Correspondence

CME
Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.

Multimedia

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

73 Views
0 Citations
×

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Jobs
brightcove.createExperiences();