Porphyrins (blood)

This is an important test that is typically used to diagnose acute or cutaneous porphyrias.

Venous blood
1 tests included
12 days turnaround



About Porphyrins (blood)

What are porphyrins?

Porphyrins are a group of molecules which contribute to the production of oxygen-carrying haemoglobin in the blood. Porphyrins are typically found in small concentrations in bodily fluids including urine, blood and stool. Elevated porphyrin levels in bodily fluids can indicate porphyria.

Cutaneous porphyrias affect the skin, leading to a variety of symptoms in response to sunlight including; sensitivity, painful redness, blisters, itching and fragile skin. Acute porphyrias affect the central nervous system, producing symptoms including; severe abdominal pain, muscle pain or tingling, seizures, problems passing stool and others.  

Why take the test?

This test measures the level of porphyrins in the blood. It is typically used to diagnose acute or cutaneous porphyrias.


What's tested

Metabolic Disorder

How it works



Purchase your Kit

Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to your door unless you are ordering a COVID-19 Fit to Fly test where you will be given appointment options to attend our clinics across the United Kingdom for a nose and throat swab PCR test at the checkout stage.



Take your test and post

Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse. For COVID-19 Fit to Fly tests you must attend one of our partner clinics for our trained collection officers to take your sample. You will then have the results emailed to you.



Get results directly to your dashboard

You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.