Porphyrins screen (blood)

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

8 tests included
2 days turnaround



About Porphyrins screen (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, which can be triggered by a variety of factors such as drugs, foods and sun exposure. Cutaneous porphyrias affect the skin, leading to a variety of symptoms 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 screens for possible triggers of porphyria. It is typically used to diagnose the triggers of acute or cutaneous porphyrias.


What's tested

5 amniolaevulinic acid

How it works



Order your kit

Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to you door. Your kit contains everything you need for the test.



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.



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.